Wednesday, April 29, 2009

I'm awesome

I just want the world to know that I am now up to running for 1 solid hour. That's 60 minutes of pain and gain!!! I run along the river (yes, the ugly brown river is turning out to serve some sort of purpose).

I'm so proud I could eat a slice of cheesecake!

PS. Can anyone tell me what to do about shin splints? Is there some way to stretch your shins?


Amanda said...

Best way to stretch your shins I think is by leaning your foot against a wall and lifting up. Like, say you were on a spinning bike, and you put your foot on the end of it and put your heal down, it would stretch your shins.

I would also recommend getting some good running shoes ;)

[dave] said...

yeah it usually involves putting your foot at an angle against a wall, but they're notoriously difficult to really "stretch." are you running on grass or pavement or ? sometimes running on lower impact surfaces makes them hurt less.

Hi, I'm Erica. said...

Thanks for the tips, Dave and Amanda. Yeah I tried stretching that way and I think it helped a bit, but it's still frustrating that my shins give out way faster on runs than the rest of me! Grrr... Unfortunately, I'm running on pavement because the path along the river is paved. I can't find a good place to run on grass near my house. Ugh.

But hey, at least I'm exercising!! Even if my body is falling apart. ;-)

Chocolate Teapot said...

I used to get shin splints really bad and this sounds ridiculous, but walking around on your tippy-toes for a long time really helps. Also, it looks ridiculous.At track practice we used a partner to stretch our shins, you sit on the floor with your legs stretched straight out in front of you, and you flex your toes back and then your stretching partner pushes on your feet while you try to point your toes. Then you reverse it by having the partner push on the tops of your feet while you try to flex your toes back. That's a long explanation and it might be inconvenient if you don't have a stretching partner, so I think you should just walk around on your tippy-toes.