As a follow up to yesterday tip of the day. Here are some tips that may work for you as you try to avoid shin pain.
- Increase stride rate to around 180 steps per minute. You can measure your stride rate by counting the number of times a single foot hits the ground in a minute, then multiplying by two. 180 is the rate that most top endurance runners have.
- Minimize the number of hard workouts. Running hard puts more strain on your shins. Build up a slow mileage base until you beat shin pain. At the very least, don’t run hard two days in a row. Mix in very slow runs and off days to let your shins recover.
- Run almost exclusively on soft trails, tracks, or treadmills. Wear the proper shoe for your feet.
- Stretch before and after every run.
If shin pains does occur seek, the appropriate medical attention, evaluation and the proper treatment strategies.