Fitness Friday 28

Hi Friends,

Time for another Fitness Friday already!

This week has been a bit of a frustrating one for me. Suffice it to say I was playing with fire…and I got burned.

Let’s back up and talk about shoes for a moment. These are the shoes I’ve been running in for the past year.

I love them. They’re super comfortable. I haven’t had any problems with them. They’re just old. Note the part on the bottom of each one that’s supposed to be dark gray and is definitely not, because all the rubber is worn away.

Because I’m not a distance runner, and when I’m in my most dedicated running phase, I run about 12 miles a week, I really don’t think about my shoes that much. I don’t count the miles I run in them. I don’t have a million different pairs. These are the pair I wore to run, to walk, to do pretty much anything in.

A few weeks ago, I happened to catch a glimpse of the bottom of my shoe while I was stretching. I noticed how worn down they were and made a mental note that it was probably time to get new ones.

Then I didn’t.

I kept running in them for another month or so. Even when I knew they were worn down. Even when I knew that worn down shoes are dangerous for me to run in.

That brings us to last Friday. I ran on Thursday and my legs were tired, so I opted to do this workout on Friday:

That was a mistake. In case you didn’t look closely, that’s a LOT of jumping. 2 minutes of burpees, but 4 rounds of 3 minutes of continuous jump rope.

A lot of high-impact activities in worn down shoes = bad for your shins.

I noticed things were feeling a little “off” in my left shin right near the end of the workout. I tried to ignore it, not really wanting to admit to myself what it was, and I went for a walk instead. By the end of the walk I had calmed down and was ready to face the fact that I was dealing with the beginning of a shin splint.

Shin splints, for those of you who have never had them, are THE WORST. I’ve had them several times, once to the point where I could barely walk for almost 2 weeks…so trust me, I know.

That also helped make it easy for me to recognize what I was dealing with right away.

SO, I resigned myself to the fact that my body needed to rest and I spent the next two days doing a lot of this:

And a lot of this:

And a lot of stretching.

Saturday we went shoe shopping. I asked for some recommendations on twitter and instagram and a lot of people recommended Brooks, specifically the Glycerin and Ghost models. We headed into Fleet Feet. They measured my feet, watched me run and then disappeared into the back room. Low and behold, they brought out three pairs of shoes, two of which were the Glycerin 10 and the Ghost 5. I tried them on, I ran (tentatively) on the sidewalk outside and ended up choosing the Glycerins.

I didn’t do anything high impact until Sunday night when I played sand volleyball. I was a little nervous, but it felt ok for most of the game.

Monday = more ice. And more low impact cardio because I was too scared to test out the shoes just yet. Hubby and I got out our bikes!

We took one of the bike trails near our house to the north about 6 miles, and then came back. All in all we covered almost 15 miles. It was great. I changed the gear on my bike, which I normally just ignore, to make it a more challenging workout!

I also did a upper body strength workout for Best Body Bootcamp. This week we’re doing all the same exercises but some of them have an extra set to fatigue tacked onto the end that makes it super challenging. I pushed myself and was able to increase my weights or reps for all the sets! I did double the amount of pushups that I did last week!

Tuesday- I did the lower body strength workout for bootcamp. I rocked the wall sits! For the first two sets I did 2 minutes and the second two sets I did 90 seconds, all with a 20 # dumbbell to make it extra hard! My legs were SHAKING.

But I was still smiling :)

My leg was feeling ok so I decided to go out for a test run. I did one mile of run/walk intervals. My shin felt ok- not great, but there was another problem!

If you’ve ever seen my feet, you know I have bunions.

See how my big toe on my right foot especially is angled way towards my second toe? That means there’s a bump that sticks out on both of my feet and rubs against the side of the shoes I’m wearing. I’m lucky in that mine aren’t super painful unless I wear bad shoes, or do a LOT of physical activity for a lot of days in a row. They used to hurt a lot in high school when I was playing volleyball all the time. But for the past several years, they’ve been pretty good. However, they severely limit the shoes I can wear. When I buy workout shoes, I have to find a pair that is wider in the toe area. The rest of my foot is fairly narrow, so I don’t need wide shoes….I just need shoes that are wider by the toes. When I tried on the Glycerins I thought they’d be fine. They weren’t. After only about 1/4 of a mile my bunions started aching. It was a miserable run.

SO, back to the shoe store I went on Wednesday. A new person helped me and he could tell immediately that the Brooks were too narrow. He brought out several more pairs and I actually really liked a pair of Nikes. In addition to having bunions, my left foot is also 1/2 a size bigger than my right, and I generally wear a size 11 shoe. Since Nike’s usually fit me small, the 11’s weren’t quite big enough so the store is ordering me an 11.5. They should hopefully be delivered soon so I can give those a try.

On the plus side, the Nike’s were about $45 cheaper than the Brooks, so on my way home I stopped at DSW to see if I could find another pair of shoes to use for walking. This time around I’m making an effort to extend the life of my running shoes by only wearing them to run!

I found these guys on sale and decided to give them a whirl. I’ve seen several of my Fitfluential friends wearing them after they received them at a Reebok event! They’re Reebok RealFlex Transitions and I LOVE THEM.

They’re by far the lightest pair of shoes I’ve ever worn and they’re super comfortable. Plus they’re PINK! So fun. I tested them out inside during my workout on Wednesday. I didn’t want to run in them, so I hopped on the erg. They were great, mainly because I could barely tell I was wearing them. Reeboks fit my feet really well. (Side note- I paid for these shoes with my own money. They didn’t ask me to write a review of them. I’m just telling you guys about them because I like them!)

I rowed for 2 years in college and I’m here to tell you that if you’ve never used an erg before, you’re missing out on a killer workout. I came VERY close to throwing up during several land practices in my crew career, all thanks to the erg. My one piece of advice is, if you’re going to use the erg, learn how to use it properly. It is NOT an arm workout. If you’re doing it right, it’s ALL LEGS. You should barely even be holding on to the handle bar…it’s just along for the ride. All of the power comes from your legs.

Anyways, I did about 20 minutes of intervals on the erg and almost died. I may have rowed in college, but it’s also been about 6 years since I’ve been on an erg :) I also headed out for a late night 3 mile walk, and did some ab work.

Then Tucky helped me foam roll:

I bought that foam roller over the weekend after having it on my to-do list for months. It’s already doing me a world of good!

Thursday I tackled the full-body strength workout for bootcamp. My favorite superset was the Glute Bridge w/ Tricep Extensions alternating with walking lunges. 4 rounds. Killer. Seriously. And then I did a 3 mile power walk.

Then I iced. Tucky laid right next to me to show me support :)

So now, my friends, I wait. And I ice my shin…because quite frankly, it’s not really feeling any better, which is frustrating. And I wait for my new shoes! I’ll keep you posted on how those work out for me.

And also, I encourage you NOT to wait. If your shoes are worn down, get new ones. It’s the smart thing to do.

Oh, and if you have any tips for curing shin splints/preventing shin splints etc, lay ’em on me!

Happy Friday!


PS…not related at all, but HOW CUTE is this tank top? It came in the mail yesterday and it’s reason #9,287 why I LOVE being a LOVE blogger for Love Grown Foods.

In.freakin’. love

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian and new mom from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


  1. Good LORD girlfriend…yes it was time to retire those shoes!!! lol By the way, just by looking at your heels, I can tell you that I wear my heels out in the exact same fashion. Mostly on the outer heel. I went from Nikes to Mizuno Wave Nirvanas (and was recommended the Brooks Glycerin as well), and my running improved tremendously. Hope those splints heal up quick!!!
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  2. Oh man, I totally feel ya on shin splints they are literally the worst! I get them every time I try to do e Instanity program which are the only reason why I ever stop it way before I want to. It’s just unbearable. So immobilizing. I didn’t even know it has to do with wearing the wrong shoes. I only have one pair of shoes and I wear them for all activity: jogging, fast walking, weights, other cardio… Ugh, I didn’t even know there’s different shoes for each activity :( I’m even more lost than a lost puppy. Bah. Hope your shin feels better and you like the new shoes!

  3. What a week! Very Productive. I should’ve had you do a little extra for me. I’ve been so heads down in books, my workouts have suffered.

    I didn’t know you play vball. We should play sometime. :)
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  4. OMG those shoes! haha they were so bad. I completely understand not getting new ones though. I am a distance runner and often times I wait too long before replacing my kicks. Love the new pink Reeboks! and yes, the new shirt is adorable, primarily because you are modeling it. :) Have a great weekend love!
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  5. Wow!! Looks like a lot of icing and foam rolling, indeed! 😉
    Keep it up, and I hope you feel better soon!
    I’m glad you like your new shoes. The old ones looked SO bad and worn down, and these new ones look so much cuter! (I love the pink!)
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  6. LINDSAY!!!! How could you wear those shoes!!! :) Good luck with Nike. I’ve always had issues with them because they are narrow but you never know.

    I love that tank! So cute. Must get one!
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  7. Wow… you REALLY needed new sneakers haha. Those old ones look horrible! Glad you finally went and got new ones, because you could’ve really hurt yourself besides the shin splint you already got. Love the new pink ones for not-running too :)
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  8. Shoes are SO important! I am absolutely in love with my Nike Frees and Mizuno Wave Riders (?). I’ve tried Asics and Brooks and both just absolutely did not work for me. I have knee trouble and they definitely were not the right kind of support for my knee. The Nikes though have taken me the furthest distance I’ve ever run and felt the best after.
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  9. Ugh shin splits are the worst! I used to get them all the time when I was training for my half marathon. NOT fun!
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  10. oh wow, was that 42 minutes of rowing?? I have only done 30. it’s hard but sooo good! Glad you found some good shoes! i was going to tell you to email me if you needed some Kswiss.

    Happy fitness friday!
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  11. Love your new kicks and your tank!

    Great week you had (minus the shin splints….boo!!!)!

    p.s. love the nail polish :)
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  12. Ashleigh says:

    Yikes, those shoes were so worn!!! I’ve struggled with shin splints for most of my life…until I changed how I ran. I had worked with an athletic trainer on my form and started running on a high school track. Made a world of difference, though slightly boring. :) also, ice is good. I also learned to use a rolling pin and roll it up and down the shin. And rest. And some people find using a shin compression “sleeve” helpful. I havent brcause i feel like i can barrely move. If that doesn’t work, I’d suggest seeing a dr. My brother had what he thought was shin splints but it was a stress fracture from running in old sneakers. :( hopefully that’s not what u have though!!! Feel better!

  13. Uhhh that tank is freakin’ adorable!! I’ve never done the erg for more than a couple of minutes.. You make me want to try though!!
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  14. Wow, you’ve had a crazy week! Take care of yourself, girl! But stil in the midst of it all, you’re showing us some great inspiration. Loving the dumbbell wall squat. May be trying that move out at the gym today! Again, take care of you!
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  15. Whoa girl… those are some much needed new shoes! Super cute too!

    Love, love that thank. Are they selling them?
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  16. Until I started running (and I’m like you, I don’t go heavy mileage), I never knew how important shoes really are. I’m glad you found something that works for you. It can be overwhelming and frustrating to feel off after what you think is a great workout!
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  17. I’m with you. Freaking love the love…and that tank top!
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  18. Icing and stretching are pretty much the best answer. Go really easy on high impact stuff for a bit to give them a chance to heal.

    And wearing your running shoes only for running is a smart move.
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  19. Unfortunately, I am right there with you on the shin pain! It also started after a HIIT class with tons of jumping, combined with a 5k race and a 15 mile training run in the same week- I should have known better. But unfortunately, our bodies have some limits… :( Hope yours heals up quickly! I’ve been resting (from running) for two weeks and attempted a short jog this week and still had pain afterward, so going for another week. Not fun. BUT- so glad you found new shoes that you love! And you’re still getting awesome workouts in, i’m loving BBB too!
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  20. Love the Tank!

    I have had my troubles with shin splints over the years. I find that compression socks help {i’ve never tried the super crazy sleeve ones but the socks that Nike and Addidas sell have helped, they give support without being too restrictive}

    My experience has been, once I get shin splints I have to take it easy on that leg {or legs} for at least a week or it never really gets better and then my workouts are like a yo yo….maybe try some swimming?

  21. Oh no, hope you feel better! That’s super cool that you did crew. Definitely a great workout. LOVE the tank!
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  22. ugh shin splints!!! poor thing. those are nooooo fun at all :( I used to get them all the time when I was training as a gymnast back in the day.

    hope you love your new reeboks!! Aren’t they super comfy? almost feel like pillows on your feet 😉
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  23. Wow. That is intense! I am sending good (healthy) thoughts to you (and your shins).

    LOVE the tanks. Can’t wait to put on mine. :)
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  24. two things — I love every Friday that I get to see your new cool graphic. 😉 It really makes me smile!

    And my shoes are similar, except I’m a toe-runner, so toes instead of heels. I’m going to get new shoes tomorrow. I’ve had the same pair for almost a year, which is probably a record. When I was hot and heavy into running I would put a date on my shoes w/ a sharpie and replace them monthly because they would look like that after 30 days.

    Happy Friday!!
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  25. awesome workouts!! i cannot wait to get back into the gym hard core after the baby comes….i miss those kinds of workouts! recently posted..35 Weeks.

  26. Shin splints SUCK!!! I had them a few months ago before my 5k. I rested them & iced as much as possible. I also bought compression sleeves and that REALLY helped!
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  27. Shin splints are the worst!! My husband gets them often so we got him new shoes, forced him to foam roll & stretch and he has been running each run a lot slower to build back up without hurting himself again! Definitely takes time!
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  28. My previous running shoes were brooks (Ghost), but I the ones I just recently got are Nikes (Vomeros) – and I adore them! I have wide feet, as well, so it’s hard to find a good shoe for a wide foot and high arch.
    Funny, I actually picked up a pair of RealFlex transitions a couple months ago – they’re literally the most comfortable things in the world. I could wear them for days and my feet wouldnt get tired (well, maybe not, but still).
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  29. REST REST REST. Love the Reeboks … my transitions are awesome too!

    And I freaking want that tank top. That is all. XOXO
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  30. My shin splint was as stress fracture.Please get checked if you are still hurting :) It took a long time time to heal.

  31. Oh I’m so happy that you retired those shoes!! I seriously adore the Reeboks. I’ve pretty much worn them nonstop since I got them. They are so lightweight and responsive and pink!! Glad that you like them too.
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  32. Very, VERY cute tank top! And 2 minutes of burpees? You’re my new hero. :-)

  33. I’m so sorry about your shin splints!! No fun girl! :( I have never had them, but my old shoes gave me really bad IT band syndrome from being worn down. I learned my lesson!!! :) Those shoes are too cute!!! Love the pink!
    Love that tank too by the way!
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