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Warm Up/Leg Conditioning?


#1

Hey all,

As a past sufferer of shin splints, after a long lay ff ive slowly started back doing some intervals - 400's, 800's etc - Now im by no means a great runner - its not my thing but i want to prehab and condition my lower legs better, thus preventing a reoccurance of the shin splints..

My question is - what do you runners do before a session?

Im currently doing several drills over 20m. These include: -

Walking on toes
Walking on heels
High knees
Heels to butt
Skips

and repeating the sequence.

Ideally im after some ideas from more experienced runners.

Cheers,

Mick


#2

Try resisted dorsiflexion stuff.

You can have a partner help you (basically have them hold your foot while you try to pull your toes towards your shin), or loop a band around your foot and do the same thing.


#3

would you do this as part of a warm up or a stand alone exercise. Ive used this before as a superset to calf raises and worked a treat.

Any more drills/ideas?


#4

Have you gotten someone to look at the way you run and the quality of your shoes? Sometimes, it is the mechanics and sometimes it is the shoes.

I have used the dorsiflexion tip and it worked well for me. Sometimes, it is that simple.