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I've Been Keeping Something From You: My Shins Hurt

I didn't want to say it out loud (or see it online), because acknowledging the pain makes it seem more real. But I can't ignore it anymore...

My shins are mad at me. And I have a feeling if I don't deal with it now shin splints are going to put a stop to my marathon training. (That just CAN'T happen, people!)

I've been icing, stretching, and foam rolling for a few days, but it's not getting any better. So last night I let Corinne Kohrherr of Akoya Acupuncture turn me into a pin cushion. First, she worked out tightness in my IT bands, calves, and shins with some massage techniques. Then she “jumped” the muscles by inserting needles into them. I'm not going to lie, it wasn't pleasant—the muscles completely seized up and then suddenly released, as though a jolt of electricity had gone through them. When I left, my legs felt like lead. And they're still a little sore today, but I'm told that's normal and I should be good to go in a couple days.

I skipped my run this morning and plan to do some cross training tonight. 

 

Have you ever been sidelined by an injury? Would you try accupuncture?

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