Friday, December 10, 2010

Fitness Fear Friday - Shin Splints & Hot 100

A week or so ago, I went to my gym and was talking to my favorite cutie petutie front desk boy there. He was telling me all about how he has started training to run a full marathon but that he's been having strange pains in his shins. In the past few years, I've had my fair share of shin grief so I told him about my experience doing the breast cancer 3-day walk a couple years ago and all the post event treatment I had to go through to recover from that. He got a congested look on his face and said "oooooo, ouch - did you have to go get shin splints? I think I might need to get some."

So obviously that got my wheels a-spinnin' just a little. Is this the picture he had in his head about shin splints I wonder? Or maybe it was the image of a couple sticks and some duct tape wrapped around his leg?

Leg Splint

Here is the definition according to Wikipedia: Shin splints is a general medical term denoting medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS), a slow healing and painful condition in the shins, usually caused by exercise such as running, jumping, dancing or other sports. Ten to fifteen percent of running injuries are shin splints.

Shin Splints

What does all this have to do with me right this particular moment? Good question. I've got the damn shin splints again. I'm sure it's because I've been jumping rope a lot more than I really need to in order to teach the Punk Rope class and apparently...I'm fragile or some shit. In all honesty, it's not a surprise that I'm having pains in my shins again. I had problems during the breast cancer walk, I had problems when I started the C25K program earlier this year, I had problems when I took the Punk Rope instructor training. It's just unpleasant and I don't appreciate it much at all, especially when I'm trying to do things here.

My fear for today is that I will have to sacrifice something or multiple somethings in order to do Punk Rope.
  • My shins of course
  • The other exercise I do because I'll need to spend time every week recovering from the damage I do to my shins every weekend
  • Alllll my time
  • More of my own money
  • My weekend freedom
My other fear is that I will have to sacrifice Punk Rope for those things listed above.

I don't know if this has any validity or not but I found this picture on a medical site that described some treatments for shin splints. Perhaps I'll give it a try and see how it works this weekend for my Punk Rope class. Other than that, anti-inflamatory, ice, and rest are the only other treatments I'm aware of.
Shin Taping

HOT 100
The OG
The Hot 100 Daddy
The Update
  1. Weight - Now this is a strange one right this moment. I don't know what to say other than...huh? I stepped on the scale last Saturday and it said 162.4 which is pretty much what I was expecting. Then, because my normal weigh in day is Sundays, I decided to step on it to confirm what I saw the previous day and I saw 164.2. Very very strange considering that I burned 900 calories on Saturday doing Punk Rope and drank a ton of water and ate perfectly healthful foods. 2 pounds overnight? I don't believe it. So I'm suspending judgement until I step on the scale again this weekend.
    1. Water - Not as well as I hoped but I'm determined to do it damn it.
    2. Workout - This one sucks butt this week. I haven't been able to exercise at all because I've been limping all week long with shin splints. Anti-inflammatories and ice just aint cutting it yet.
    3. Meal plan - Yes!
    4. Tracking - Yes
    5. Sleep - Yes, for the most part. I had a couple nights of tossing and turning but I'm not depriving myself of sleep so that's good.
    6. Journal - Not too much, no.
    7. Food - Healthful planned meals every day. Yay!
  2. Blog - Yes
  3. Book - Nope. Not even trying anymore.

Regardless of what my progress on the Hot 100 goals looks like, I'm feeling pretty damn good. I looked at my goals for 2010 a couple months ago and came to a nasty realization that I hadn't accomplished much this year in terms of being able to definitively cross anything off my list. I did become a certified personal trainer which was a weird thing for me and I did overcome one of my biggest fears this year. I actually did Punk Rope. I'm actually DOING Punk Rope! Just a couple months ago, I had pretty much written it off as a failed attempt and a reason to feel shame so turning it around and making it happen before the end of the year feels like a huge victory.

Victory lap! And the crowd roars with excitement. No? Just in my head? Whatever.

  1. Vote for my January activity. Top right side bar, you'll find a poll. Vote vote vote! Pretty please.
  2. Check out the Punk Rope Seattle facebook page and share it with all your friends. With a cherry on top.


  1. Stinks about the shins! Hope you don't have to sacrifice punk rope for it, I know that you like that a lot. You can still do some abs training and upper body weights while the leg heals. Don't sacrifice exercise completely!

    Ignore the scale too. It fluctuates oddly sometime. Keep doing what you're doing and the scale will reward you eventually. :-)

  2. Shin splints - ouch! I used to get them if I just overdid one walk.

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog and lending support. Shin splints, yikes. I will keep you in mind and watch your progress. I hope to start the C25K program in February and am afraid of shin splints.

    I agree with Debi, ignore that scale.

  4. Oh drats, so sorry to hear about the shin splints (though I cracked up over the clueless comment from the boytoy).

    So, I voted for ballroom dancing. I thought it might be graceful and gentler on your shins? Hopefully anyway. I hope you heal up fast.


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