Usually when I lace up the shoes, turn on the iPod and hit the road, all I'm concentrating on is the song playing and my breathing. Now that I've been having some troubles with the shin splints, I decided to try a different approach tonight and actually pay attention to how I run. Here's what I realized:
My posture sucks. No tip toeing around that one guys. I lean forward when I run, hunch my shoulders up nice and tight and fail to relax the whole time. I made it a half mile like this and started to feel the burn in the shins again so I straigtened myself up and "ran tall." Wow! Little to no pain at all and I felt a nice burn in the calves...woo hoo! I also started running with my arms more lower to my waist instead of at my chest to reduce the strain on the muscles. This one is gonna take more work since I had to keep reminding myself to stop hunching my shoulders. I'm hoping that will reduce some of the neck pain I've felt since the 5K.
Overall, it was a good run. I didn't pay attention to my time tonight so I will save that for the next one.