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Shin Splints are Ruining my Plans

Friday, June 29, 2012

I am TRYING to return to running, but I keep getting plagued by shin splints. I was running 3x week from Feb-Apr slowing building more running into my walks. I thought I was building slowly enough to avoid injury, but I developed shin splints in my left leg. My leg was painful enough that walking hurt and I couldn't even brush up against my leg without sharp pain. I took two months off and did elliptical training or walking instead. My leg improved and I was able to palpate the area rather firmly with no pain.

I started the Couch to 5k program this week and I have only done 2 runs. (alternating 90 seconds of running with 60 seconds of running 7 times) I have developed shin splints in the same area-again! I feel like I was being very conservative to avoid injury but maybe I need to be even more conservative? Any thoughts?

I started in Feb by walking 5 min. and running 1 min. alternating for 30 minutes and I still got shin splints! I am wearing new shoes as well.

I have read about and watched videos about taping shin splints, but there are several different ways to do this. Is there anyone out there that had success with taping shin splints and if so, how did you do it?

I plan to take a week off and do other exercises and then begin the C25k program again in a week or two. I am open to any suggestions that anyone can give me. I just wanna run again!
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    I hate pain! So sorry you're being plagued by the dreaded shin splints. Have you thought about swimming to work out without the same stress on your calves? I didn't see mention of stretching out in your training, especially stretching your calves; one of the SP daily exercises was leaning forward facing against a wall to limit splints. I know this sounds crazy: I'm training for a tri, with cycling before walking or running most days. Having the few minutes on the bike before the foot work has helped my legs warm up before they have to bear my body weight pounding them into the pavement. One last thought: many runners forums advocate that running with shin splints won't damage your legs. I can't imagine running through that kind of pain personally (did I mention I hate to hurt); however, I have friends who have persevered running until the splints went away. Please take care of yourself. The rest and slow recovery sound the best options to me as a newbie.
    2896 days ago
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