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Emma Paton @k19ema tweeted us @ELLEukrunning '2nd 5k of the week... ow #shinsplints painful!'
Jonathan Lomax, Founder of Lomax Bespoke Fitness Nutrition & Wellbeing offers his advice:
'Shin splints' is an umbrella term. One cause is swelling of the muscle - known as 'bursitis'. You can still exercise but reduce the amount of running, until the swelling goes down and try the following:
1. Ice to control swelling. Freeze a Styrofoam Cup of water - once frozen, gently rub the cup down the front of the shin until the ice starts to melt enough that you form an indentation in the cup. Do this for 10 minutes, then re-freeze the cup and you will have a perfect mould of your shin!
2. Manipulation - gently rub the muscle along the shin bone in a downward motion with your thumb. This encourages blood that helps cellular repair.
3. Stretch - point your toes into the ground
Happy Monday! Today @ELLEUKrunning we asked you whether there are any apps or websites you rely on for mapping your running routes?
StyleDynamo @TheStyleDynamo I love Strava - it's really intuitive and tracks all the data I need to help me improve on my times.
Emma Geary @Emma_Geary WalkJogRun is the greatest tool for charting your run... whipped out 15k with it this w/end! #ELLERun
Laura Stewart @ledavies I love @MapMyRun for general route planning but couldn't live without my @GarminUK stats for post run review.
And here's my favourite: Amy Lawrenson @amylawrenson I use runningmap.com to map my routes before I head out (pictured).
Today on Twitter @ELLEUKrunning we asked, 'What motivates you to go for a run when you least want to?' Here's what you had to say...
'A great playlist, comfy Nike Free Runs, an open road & a giant Chocolate bar running ahead of me! #ELLErun'Carly Rowena @CarlyRowena
'I plan out a schedule at the beginning of the week - then I feel guilty if I skip one'Sewn by Whim Wham @SewnbyWhimWham
'Knowing how great I'll feel afterwards! #motivation'Rebecca Howarth @rahowarth
'Key motivation is just knowing it'll make u feel good :)'Julie Ng @JoolehNg
' ...and the cool breeze that revitalises you when u feel down and stressed :)'Julie Ng @JoolehNg
'The headspace - I can plan my day on my morning run and it lifts my mood #motivator'StyleD
Today you shared your favourite running songs with us @ELLEUKrunning, here's your playlist...
Lucy Soanes @SoanesLucy Elliphant - Down On Life
Lauren Smith @laurenjsmith Iggy Azealia 'Beat Down'
Erika @erikabeaute Bring the Noise Remix Public Enemy vs Benny Benassi
kate @kates_whiskers Velvet Elvis by Alex Winston.
Jenise L Buckley @JesusNus0071 Tonight by JohnLegend
StyleDynamo @TheStyleDynamo You've Got the Love
Emma Geary @Emma_Geary Kids by Sleigh Bells.
Lauren Johnstone @laurenajohn N.E.R.D - Lapdance!
Carina @flirps Tessellate by Alt J