Well, I’ve got shin splints.
As some of you may know a couple of week backs I declared on this very site I was tired of being a fat ass. I began walking regularly and during my walks I would occasionally jog. As I found myself getting stronger I would increase my jogging time. Two weeks into it, though, the front of my lower legs started to really hurt. On Monday when I walked I couldn’t jog at all. The pain really sucked. Being someone who knows less than he should about such things I didn’t know what was going on. I talked to some folks and they thought it was Shin Splints. So, I looked it up online. This site explained it best:
Anterior shin splints
Often these occur on both legs. They are seen in circumstances in which an individual is just beginning a running program, excessive downhill running, and engaging in sports requiring rapid starts and stops. These conditions cause damage to the tibialis anterior muscle, resulting in pain.
Yeah, this is absolutely what’s going on with me. According to the Web site I should double or tripple the time between workouts. I walked today, Thursday, so I should take off Friday and probably Saturday, resuming things again on Sunday. In the mean time I’ll concentrate on free-weights and upper body. Here’s some more information on shin splints that’s helpful.
In addition to just too much working out this may be related to wearing the wrong shoes. Previously I was walking with a pair of Skechers that most likely are inappropriate for exercise. So I purchased a pair of New Balance 609′s that are pretty comfortable.
That being said, when I did go walking today I saw He Who Is The Real Jogger running in the park again. This time he was wearing, I kid not, dark green cargo pants, a white polo-style shirt and nice shoes, obviously not approrpriate for jogging. This guy is for real.
I’m down to 220. Not sure if I’ll make my 210 goal in 4 weeks, but I’m seeing progress and that makes me happy.