I’m sitting here with a bag of frozen lima beans on my leg. Not because I can’t bear to be parted from my beloved legumes for even a second (although my love does run deep, dear little green nuggets of goodness) – but because I have terrible shin splints. Well, only on my right shin.
But it really huuuurrrrts!
Last fall I got a small stress fracture in said shin while training for a marathon; a product of upping my mileage too quickly and having a general misguided sense of invincibility. (I almost wrote sense of “invisibility” – how cool would that have been?!) I was forced to take 6 weeks off of anything high-impact which was what started my Cardio Diet Experiment and made me fall madly in love with the 12/8 Bike Sprints. And ever since then I’ve tried to be careful with it.
But for reasons I cannot explain it’s back. I haven’t been running crazy-long again or changed anything major in my routine (well aside from the fact that I change everything all the time). It’s getting worse every day though. Now it’s to the point where it throbs even when I’m not exercising. Worse, it’s affecting my Hip Hop moves. I simply cannot have that.
Time to take action. I went and bought some new shoes. I was due – my last pair were pounded into cushion-less insensibility. Normally I’m an Aasics girl all the way. I have been for years. But I was reading in Health magazine – the one magazine whose cover models actually look healthy and also are not Oprah – that one should only wear running shoes for running. *cough*kickboxing-hiphop-latindancing- monkeybargym-rockclimbing-hiking*cough*
“Anything else is an injury waiting to happen.” An injury like, say, a shin splint?? According to Health (and common sense I suppose, although I’ve never professed to have an abundance of that), running shoes are great for the forward propulsion of running but really crappy at steadying your feet in other directions. Add that to my freaky right foot being in a shoe a half size too big and we have problems.
Aasics doesn’t make cross trainers. So, I went out on a limb and bought some New Balance cross trainers. I’m afraid – someone hold my hand, please.
You guys are the smartest bunch I know (and I’m not just saying that because you read my stuff. I’m saying that because I read all of your stuff.) What shoes do you guys use for what type of exercise? Have you ever had shin splints? What did you do? (PS> I already write the alphabet with my toes.) Thank you. As a man in Spain once told me, “I have much love you. I buy you whole empanada.”