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11/14/10 3:16 P

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Thank you all so much for your comments and concern!

On Thursday, I went through my shoe collection (the most recent shoes I have before the Sauconys are Asics 2130). Even though they're a few years old, they do not have that many miles on them. I put my orthotics in them and they fit so much better. I decided to try to run in them, but move back to week 1 of C25K and stop if there was pain. I ran much better, more naturally and without pain!

Yesterday I went shoe shopping and the most comfortable pair was again in the Asics line, now the 2160. Shins are feeling better. I'll continue to ice, stretch and strength train those lower legs and of course, back off if I get pain. I'm really excited!!

Thanks again all you sparkers for the encouragement in this. You are keeping me going!! emoticon emoticon

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11/12/10 5:11 P

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I saw that someone gave you a really good comment on your blog. I know it's frustrating but from what I understand one of the biggest causes of shin splints is over striding...try shortening your stride and I would go to like runnersworld.com and look for stretches and strengthening exercises...search the symptom checker...good luck!

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11/12/10 5:03 P

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I posted this on your blog but thought I would post it here too in case it's helpful to others:

I've conquered shin splints after about a year of trying to run. A sparkfriend asked me a very similar question a few months back, so I copied and pasted what I sent to her:

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I think several things made a difference for me. One was correcting my form, which I did through personal training sessions. It turned out my stride was all lop-sided and I was using my leg muscles to run rather than my butt muscles. We did a lot of strength training my glutes to get my strength even on both sides (lots of one-legged squats!). I also learned that my right foot was pointing outwards most of the time, whether I was running, walking, or just standing. Focusing on having even hips and feet pointed straight forward helped a lot.

I also did a lot of core strenghtening (back, abs, obliques and glutes) and focusing on engaging my core ALL THE TIME. This was a challenge for me, because it felt like when my core was engaged, I had trouble keeping my breath...so some breathing exercises too.

The other thing that helped was shortening my stride, kind of like Chi running recommends. (check out the book Chi Running I think the author is Danny Dryer). Think of yourself pushing off with your glutes rather than pulling yourself forward with your legs. When you run with a longer stride, you're actually slowing yourself down because each time you step, the impact causes resistance, and that's where I felt it in my shins baaaaad.

Lastly, I think losing weight helped. The more I lost, the easier it was on my legs.
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I cannot emphasize enough how much core strength helps, and don't forget your glute strength.

Good luck and I hope you find some answers.


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11/12/10 4:36 P

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I hope you find some answers. I have not had to deal with this (thankfully). I have some issues w/ my knee, but use a brace. Kinda hard to brace a shin though emoticon





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11/12/10 4:25 P

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Hey all,
I could use advice and support during this journey. I just wrote a blog today. You can view it here if you like.
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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Essentially shin splints while feeling I'm doing the right things when starting this running program. I'm sure some of you have been through this. I'd love to hear your story. Just need a little encouragement. :) Thanks!!

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