Continuing with my fitness posts, I have the pleasure of introducing Kang, a London based Personal Trainer who has been following my running progress and has some handy tips for anyone starting out with a running programme. This is a two part guest post series. Check out Kang’s tips on how to prepare yourself for running, specially written for Sim’s Life here.
I remember when I first started running years back. I never ran as a way of keeping fit, it was always part of playing a sport or running away from my neighbours dog, you know the fun stuff.
One summer I decided that it would be a good idea to start jogging, so I went to my local park and started running around with no clue about technique or the right foot wear.
It was going well and I managed to increase the distance each day and I could feel my endurance improving, this was great until a few weeks in!
I started getting shin splints! If you don’t know what shin splints are then you’re in for a treat, I can only describe it as someone hitting you repeatedly with a small hammer underneath your shin.
It got so bad that I had ice it after the runs.
In hindsight, I was probably jogging far too frequently (is 5 days in a row too much?) my legs weren’t conditioned to take that kind of impact and my heel-toe foot strike didn’t help my poor shins.
Woe is me!
What did I do next?
I ended up resting it completely, when I say rest I mean stop running completely.
Fast forward years later, I eventually became a personal trainer and worked for a gym in Surrey.
Working in the gym with like-minded fitness people was awesome, three of my co-workers had completed marathons and one was competing at county level for their running club.
This was great because I had wealth of information from county level runners and experienced marathon runners.
We spoke in length about running and my experience with it but none of them could really give me any new insight about what to do with shin splints. I ended up looking it up myself and came to the conclusion that it was a mix of alignment issues, the type of shoes I was wearing and my running style.
Fast forward another year later, I completed my NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Corrective Exercise Specialist certification and used this knowledge to help members of the gym with their alignment issues, working with runners, triathletes and other fitness junkies. Over the years I managed to fix my own shin splints to a certain degree, though to be honest I think they’ll always be there.
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