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- Injury Status Cured
A runner I looked up to told me three big points that have helped me with shin splints. 1. Run lightly. Almost tip toe and land on the balls of your feet. Form is crucial. Listen to the noise you're making. It shouldn't be very loud and there should be no dragging. 2. Exercise and stretch. Stretch your calves by propping your feet against a wall, fence, post whatever and leaning forward keeping your legs straight. Another is push against an object focusing on keeping your feet flat on the ground far behind you. Stretch your shins (this works best barefoot) by pointing your toes into the ground and rolling them to point back. Another is sitting down and pointing your toes forward and reaching out. 3. Keep your lower legs strong. This may sound like common sense or it might sound weird. But do your calf raises and range of motion work. Something he told me is lay a small towel (a dish towel works great) on the ground and stand on one end and pull it in with your toes. Repeat a few times.
Also keep up with your shoes. It's expensive but it's the most important piece of equipment. Barefoot/minimalist shoes are increasing popularity. In my opinion this is a good thing. It is more natural. I like Brooks and Saucony but one shoe does not fit all especially when it comes to running shoes. Ask an expert at the store. Hope this helps! Keep running