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Running in boots…

Running in boots…

You know it’s funny, when you join the military, no one really tells you that your body will change. You will hurt in places that you never knew existed.  It’s funny that the idea of a woman in boots, you see someone who looks more like a body builder, but in real life, we definitely do not look that way.  We are normal everyday women who simply decided to join something bigger than themselves.

What was I thinking?

Anyway, back to the beginning, your body will experience changes that you could only dream of. I had never run a mile in my life, never.  When I joined the Army, the shortest run we ever did was two miles.  Let me tell you, 2 miles takes forever when you are just starting out.  Your lungs will burn, and your legs will feel like lead or tree trunks, but god will they be hard to move.

Practice makes perfect…

It will get better though. You will run at least 3 times a week for at least 6 weeks.  Basic training for the most part is 6-8 weeks long depending on the branch of service you choose.  After that first day, your body will hurt and ache all over.  After about a week, you will notice a change in your gait, and your energy levels.  It is amazing what happens to our body once we start moving more often and exercising regularly.  One thing that I noticed is that I started to get better sleep.  This is probably because I was so dog tired when I went to bed, that my brain simply couldn’t process any more thoughts.  I won’t go into great detail about the body physiology and what happens after a day, week, month and so on, but just know, you will begin to feel a crap ton better.

bring on the pain…

Regardless, sometimes when we start a workout program, there comes a time when an injury could occur. When it comes to running, this is generally knees or shins.  Ok, so I am 5’9”, and 140 lbs. on a good day.  This means I generally have a lean form.  I love running now, but starting out was hard.  I had issues with shin splints, runner’s knee and so on.  I had to learn the hard way that there are that I should be doing to ensure I had less injury.

Injury…

We should start with shin splints: These are generally a pain that causes a small tear in the tibia. The tibia is commonly known as the shin.  So there are few things that can cause this: generally this occurs in new runners, or people who have returned to running after a long lapse.  While you can run through it, it is best to back off running as much until you are more comfortable with it.  The second part to the rehab is to ice, rest and use a medicinal effort such as  ibuprofen.  I must mention that stretching prior to and after a run is extremely important.  This is true without injury, because oftentimes I have found that injuries happen because people do not stretch enough.

not again…

If having shin splints were not enough, I also got saddled with the ITBS, iliotibial band syndrome. If you have never had this pain, it is a pain in the side of the leg all the way to the knee, which makes it hard to bend or put pressure on.  Again, this generally happens to those who are new to running or have had a long lapse.  Now I tend to be stubborn and think that I can just run through it, nope not a good idea.  I ended up having to do physical therapy because it was so bad that I had to be on crutches. Now physical therapy is seriously the most painful type of rehab.  I had to do ice and heat therapy, which was awesome, but then came the therapist who would work the knots out of the side of my leg with her elbow.  Good god that hurt so bad, but afterwards she would use the heat portion and it would feel glorious.  After about a month of this, I was able to begin running “slowly” again.  So, for those who ever experience this, please for the love of God, stretch often, and at the first hint of pain in the side of your leg or knee, take a break and relax.  Oh and I forgot, a foam roller will also be a great help.  This is a tool that could be of great help even without an injury.

time is everything…

These are just a few of the issues that could come up with running. There are others that luckily I haven’t had to deal with but with everything time is imperative.  It takes time to develop a running habit.  It takes time for muscles to heal after each routine.  It takes time for you to become the fastest runner on the block.  Lastly, one of the most important things that you can continue to hydrate.  Hydration is key to continue to be successful at running.

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2 thoughts on “Running in boots…

  1. I have had shin splints so many times- it is not at all fun. Hurts so much and makes even walking uncomfortable! Glad you found some ways to ease the discomfort!

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