I am at my heaviest weight (180), and started to get into working out and running (jogging) again to get back into shape. I was a runner YEARS ago, but haven’t really worked out in general too much in honestly, the past 7 years. I had a working out spurt over the summer last year, but that was about it. Anyway, I have been alternating jogging on the treadmill, doing the elliptical, and taking Tabata classes at the gym for the past three weeks, every other day. When I started this 3 weeks ago, and felt like I was building my endurance, and getting a little stronger each time I worked out. Then, this past Saturday, I went for a run outside, and I had terrible shin splits right away, that lasted the duration of the run (35 minutes). I was actually just doing a walk/jog combo, because they bothered me so much. Today, I did a Tabata class at lunch, and when warming up with a jog in place, I immediately had the shin splints again. I feel like I’m going to be hindered in working out if they persist, and I don’t want to get discouraged.
It’s strange, because I ran outside one other time, the week prior, for about 40 minutes and felt great – no shin splints at all.
Are they happening because of the extra weight I’m carrying now? Isn’t it weird that they just started after 3 weeks of getting back into the workout routine again, and not right away? What can I do to help them, so I can continue to be active?