Since I find myself unable to run due to painful shinsplints I am forced to find other ways to workout. Last night I was planning on going for a walk but as I headed out of my garage I noticed my dusty rollerblades on the ground. I grabbed them, wiped them off (I may or may not have thrown them around in the yard a bit to rid them of any unwanted critters) and then put them on.
I can't remember the last time I went rollerblading, so standing at the top of the driveway knowing there was only one way down was a bit scary. I let to of the wall and as slowly as I could, rolled down to the end of the drive and attempted a smooth left turn onto the sidewalk. It took me about 2 seconds to realize that the sidewalk is no place for rollerblading and I decided to transition into the road. Once I got comfortable with my technique (or lack there of) and set my Map My Run app I was on my way!
I had no set time or distance but I knew I wasn't going to allow myself any stopping or coasting. I ended up gong 1.5 miles in about 12 minutes. My legs and abs were achy and I worked up a really good sweat (it's 90+ degrees, humid and sunny)! I took off my blades, went inside and did 20 push-ups and 200 crunches.
I really enjoyed rollerblading, so much in fact I think I will go again today for longer distance! I am definitely going to keep it as a part of my regular workout routine. The best part of it all is that I woke up this morning with no shin pain (besides what's already there)!