Readers’ Workouts

The Readers’ Workouts meme is hosted at Joy’s Book Blog.   This is a place to share exercise successes and challenges.

According to my profile at, I logged a total of 5.43 miles last week over three sessions; all were a combination of running and walking.  I should have put in at least one more workout, but I was lazy.  The 5k is just over five weeks away, and I need to get more focussed on the training so on that day I won’t collapse before I even finish.

I did manage one outside run/walk, but I find that when I run outside I get nasty shin splints and I have to switch to walking.   A while ago someone suggested running on the grass instead of the pavement might help, and I need to give that a try.  Or run faster ….

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10 Responses to Readers’ Workouts

  1. Yeah on the upcoming 5k!! I’ve never run on grass but I guess it would be better on the joints than the hard road. I’ll have to try it sometime!

    • bibliosue says:

      We’ve had so little rain here that the grass may be as hard as the pavement, but it is worth a shot. Though I did have a snake cross my path into the grass last week so I’m not sure if stirring the grass up is a great idea …..

  2. Fiona says:

    Good luck for the 5k – you have ages yet to prepare! Running on grass is softer on your legs and when you go from grass to concrete it’s really noticeable the difference. The only problem I find is that the land isn’t always flat and if the grass hasn’t been cut it makes it a little harder at the same time.

    Maybe you need to get new or different shoes? When I went to a specialist shop they could tell from my feet what aches and pains I had. (I had some in my calves) and my new shoes I got there cleared that right up.But if you continue getting problems might be good to see your doctor and see what they recommend.

  3. I learned a shin splint exercise from an aerobics instructor who was about 60 at the time and seemed to know helpful little things about everything. Stand with your weight on one foot and that knee bent. Put the other foot flat in front, then lift and lower the toe keeping the heel on the ground. Tap the toe up and down several times and then side to side. Repeat on the other side. Cleared my shin splints right up. I do it before I walk on hills and I’ve never had them since. Hope it works for you!

  4. I never had shin splints when I was running but I did have other foot problems and I was able to solve most of them by buying my shoes in a running shop. the people there were all runners and helped me find the right shoes for my feet, my weight and my running gait, style etc. What a difference that made. Good luck with your training.

  5. zibilee says:

    It sounds like you are doing a very good job of getting yourself ready, and I admire your efforts! I often get shin splits when I walk too fast, and find Joy’s advice really interesting, and possibly helpful. Keep on keeping on over there!

    • bibliosue says:

      Thank you Zibilee! I feel like I’m not doing enough to get ready, but I don’t want to burn out and injure myself either. I am seeing progress though and that is encouraging.

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