Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips regarding how to strengthen our running, fitness and health. Today, we're talking about shin splints.
Shin splints are one of the most common injuries runners experience. It’s that nagging pain in your lower leg that can be the result of small stress fractures of the shin, extremely tight muscles or from overuse and repetitive stress. This pain can be a caused by increasing the mileage or frequency of your runs too quickly to a weakness in your core or hips.
If you have pain in your shins when you run, your first course of action is to avoid running on hard surfaces, reduce the frequency of your runs and your weekly mileage and warm up properly. In addition to those three, stretching and strengthening the feet, lower legs, hips and core is your next alternative. Today, we feature part 1 of three exercises you can do to strengthen and stretch your shins.