Originally Posted by hooaht15
I'm an Officer in the US Army stationed at Fort Drum. About 3 years ago I got really into weight lifting and went from 165-195 in a few months (I'd like to think of mostly muscle). I grew up a soccer player, so I used to be able to add and drop weight like it was my job. However, the last 2 years I've been in the Army, and I've been stuck at 195. It wouldn't be a problem, except due to my incredibly messed up foot/ankle structure my legs can't hold up my body weight and I get constant stress fractures down my shins. I'll take 6 weeks to 4 or 5 months off of running, then as soon as I get back at it (even gradually) my fractures reappear. I don't know if losing weight is the answer, but it will definitely help. I'm a single dude with a mediocre skillset in cooking so diets are tough, so I'm asking suggestions or a diet that's worked for others to cut 15-30 lbs for someone in a reasonable amount of time (and it will of course be mixed in with my exercise routine). Any and all help will be appreciated.
This is an ex army Dude, Warrant Officer, here to give you some suggestions.
So if your weight went up to 195 from weight lifting then your whole body got bigger from muscles and so stronger. Therefore it is difficult to think that overweight on it's own is giving you your grief. I have known lots of fat runners and no more got shinsplints than others. I suggest that one or two, or one and two reasons for your troubles. One is overload, that is bad training and the other biomechanical discrepancies. Overload includes, exercising on hard roads, uneven tracks, increasing your program intensity too soon, bad shoes and excessive downhill and uphill workouts.
The biomechanical part includes poor running techniques, tight muscles, running and leaning too far forward and or backwards, landing incorrectly on the feet and running with feet out at an angle.
So my advice, either a podiatrist or physio that knows what is going on and if possible be able to video your running gait. They can also give you advice on stretching and running. Perhaps Fort Drum has a PT in residence, the America Army has their own PT school and I suspect Fort Drum is big enough to support a rehab centre. Let us know what you think and do.