Friday, July 21, 2017

Run #4: 2 Miles

These are handy to ensure you don't cheat on the amount of time you stretch.  An alternative is to say three Hail Marys and one Our Father...thinking about the words as you pray.  That is WHILE stretching, not INSTEAD of stretching.  Three Our Fathers will also work.

Stretching fixed the issue with the cramping calves and hamstrings.  Three times a day with a minute for each muscle groups seems to be the right amount.

I got into some shin pain a quarter mile into the run.  It did not smooth up on its own.

Shin pain usually means I let my stride length get too long.  Long strides means I am heal-striking.  The shin muscles take the shock of the heal strike.

The other reason long strides cause shin pain is because the shin muscles must lift up the toe so it does not drag at mid-position when you pull that leg forward.

Shin pain is nature's way of telling me to shorten my stride.  (I also have shin issues when the sole of my shoe is too stiff.)  I shortened my stride and the shin pain went away.

It looks like I am back on track to run three miles on July 29.


  1. The cure for shin splints, if that's what you nave, is to quit running. Nothing else works. Once they go away, run on softer ground. It's the pounding that causes them. Hurt like hell too.

    1. Thanks for the tip.

      I don't think they are shin splints. My impression is that shin splints stay painful and inflamed even after running. The pain went away when I changed my stride, even as I continued running. The pain going away was not instantaneous but more like five minutes.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.