I most definitely have a bad case of Posterior Shin Splints, and now, the Anterior Shin Splints are making themselves known.
I had an x-ray and ultrasound of both my lower legs earlier in the week and not surprisingly, they tests were normal. There is no obvious stress fracture, no periosteal reaction, the calf muscles looked pretty good (really good, actually) and there were no obvious tears seen.
Yet, I feel like I’m a mess.
The legs hurt more today than they did two days ago.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I started riding my bike to and from work. I need to keep exercising, I need to keep moving. The bike ride is 20 minutes. About 5-6 km each way. It’s a great way to start the day.
But it’s not the same as running.
I see my physiotherapist on Friday.
I have to wonder how much of this is due to “too much too soon”, worn out shoes, the fact that I am almost 8 months postpartum and still carrying 15 lbs of extra weight. Could the effects of those pregnancy hormones (to loosen ligaments) be making my legs weaker?
Am I just grasping at straws?
Do I need new shoes? Do I need stability shoes or shoes with more cushion? Why do they make 500 kinds of shoes? Am I overpronating or supinating?
Why can’t this be easy?
Why can’t I just run without pain?
My girlfriend who runs told me I am likely going to need 6 weeks off running.
She said I’m officially a runner now. Being injured is the badge of honor.