The Big Six-Zero!
Max Interval Sports Training took the place of Max Recovery, which was a big plus for me. None of the burning held positions and pulses…
Shin splints aren’t going to go away anytime soon and because I don’t want to stop Insanity when I’m this close to finishing, I decided to tape my shins. See here for pictures and video.
Worked pretty well, I have to say! Felt much less pressure during the workout and got through pretty much everything with no problems. Still laying off the power jumps because I reckon those aren’t going to help at all.
Just a disclaimer: I am not a physiotherapist and have no expertise or qualifications whatsoever in this area. However, I have accumulated quite a long list of injuries owing to my martial arts involvement and also from not knowing when to quit; having these (sometimes) recurring injuries has taught me how to deal with them more effectively. It also helps that I’m very in tune with my body and know exactly what sort of movements have been affected by a particular injury, and how to support it (with tape, mostly). Plus I’m observant and I pick things up from my physiotherapist. Youtube and other Internet resources are also great for learning about these things, which is what has helped me (correctly) self-diagnose torn muscles, damaged ligaments, a bucket tear in my meniscus, and so on.
But what I’ve also learnt is that if it really fucking hurts, or if it’s bothering you excessively and not going away, you need to get that injury checked. I learnt this the hard way and spent about 3.5 weeks with a metal pin holding my ulna and radius together sticking out of my wrist. It wasn’t fun.
Moral(s) of the story:
1. Never sacrifice form. Ever.
2. Don’t panic; do your homework and educate yourself.
3. If you’re not sure what to make of the problem, see someone who does.
EDIT: I do not have shin splints. Please see here.