Hello everyone, I was wondering if Anyone had any tips on Track. (I've been running but I'm on the road to getting shin splints so doc said no running for at least 1-2 weeks) It's gonna be my first time in Track and I'm very excited. Wanted to know if anyone who's been in it, coached, or anything have any tips for me (what can help me etc) I'm gonna try out for every activity to see what I can do. Practise is on the 26th. Thank you for the help.
Dude I've had shin splints before and I get your pain. Great new is you can help ease it. Shin splints are predominantly caused by weak tibia muscles and tight and stronger calves. The key is lots of stretching and get someone who knows a bit about massage therapy to, while you're lying face down and toes pointed, put pressure with the elbow (not the point but the flat) in the v just below the gastrocnemius and push in and up towards the knee and placing slight pressure with the point as they push up towards your knee.
With 100m sprints, and this is going back a few years for my knowledge now, stay low and keep your stride wide for the first 30 meters. As you hit pull pace start to bring your body up and straighten out your stride and drive hard with your quads and keep a strong dorsiflexion in the foot. You shouldn't really start breathing until about the 50m mark.
200m is essentially very similar but you want to pace yourself a bit more out of the blocks and save yourself for the last 100m where most will be too exhausted to catch up. The last 100m of the longer races is where most people are spent, you want to be the opposite.