So, that being decided, I was all set to become a running goddess akin to those we see smugly sprinting across our screens in Nike adverts. In fact, so determined was I to commit to running, that I ventured out in the dark and rain on the first two nights (with the boyfriend in tow, or rather, ahead because he's much fitter than I am) for a well-intentioned run - only to be struck down mid-stride by shin splints, both times.
What are shin splints? I didn't know either until I googled 'shooting pains around shin bones when running' and found out that a lot of new runners can get them. They hurt like a m*therf*cker and according to numerous sites happen when the muscles around the shin sort of go into shock. Turns out that I need easing into running by starting with short gentle jogs and then building up distance and speed over time. At first I was a bit gutted that I couldn't go gung ho right away but, having been out quite a few times now, I'm secretly grateful for the excuse to start slowly. Like I said, despite my posing below, running's not exactly my thing.
During my research into shin splints, I found out that they can be exacerbated by old running shoes. I then realised that I'd had mine for over five years now, picking them up in my first year of uni. Ever the queen of savvy shopping, I'd been ignoring the protruding plastic backings in them telling myself, 'I'll invest in a new pair when I can exercise consistently for three months'. Well, three years and many failed fitness attempts later it looks like my body had made the decision for me. It wasn't going to put up with these broken down old trainers any more.
Whilst in Sports Direct I also learned that they have this great colour coded system which shows you which running shoes are best for low arches and which for high. This is soooo helpful as it's thought that you can really damage your joints if you pick shoes with the wrong support and make issues like shin splint a lot worse.
I'm glad to report that, since I got my new Nike shoes, my shin splints have been barely existent. I started to feel a hint of a twinge on the first night I went back to running so I just slowed to a walk for five minutes and then was fine after that. I haven't had any problems since (fingers crossed!). So, now that I'm armed and fabulous, I'm determined to get into running and eating healthily properly. As they say, summer bodies are made in the winter (and spring!)... It's not just about getting in shape though, I'm exhausted at the moment, juggling blogging and work (today I managed to get going at 3pm, go me), so I need to feel healthier, fitter and more energised. I'm tweeting updates, tips and tricks throughout my journey so make sure to follow me on Twitter if you're getting healthy too - we can motivate each other :). Until tomorrow peeps!
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