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12/03/2012 at 20:32
Might be worth resting while you get some new shoes. Give your shins a chance to repair themselves as it does sound like you are re-injuring yourself each time you run?
12/03/2012 at 21:13
Yep, rest Toby.  You're going to make your shins worse if you carry on
13/03/2012 at 17:19
Probably!

I was analysed today (luckily just physically as opposed to mentally)

I am a neutral structured person apparently

Now the owner of some ASICS shoes yeah baby
13/03/2012 at 17:30
I have ASICS too. Hope you rest your shins before running your babies in...
17/03/2012 at 12:55
ok so I've rested since last monday, missing one session, I'm still getting the odd throbbing sensation/etc in my shin but I think I shall probably go out today for 30 mins and try my new shoes
17/03/2012 at 13:03
Warm up... the warmer your muscles around your ankles, feet, lower legs are the better. I sometimes use a hot water bottle to warm my feet up... and then I do a walk/run warm up for 5 mins around my garden. Your shins will appreciate it... Good luck!
17/03/2012 at 16:32
Thanks

I might put a sleeping cat on each ankle...
17/03/2012 at 17:45

When I started, I got awful shin splints - they disappeared after a while, maybe a month and a half - I was all for jacking it in for a bit, but my GP told me to keep going at it. I ran as often (three times a week), but not as far, and after a while my shins got over it. Don't make the mistake I did and try running in compression socks - it transferred all the jarring to my knee and knackered that for a while. 

I reckon it's in these early stages that it feels worst - mainly because your body is finding its form, and you're probably landing heavily right now.  Now I'm five months in, the shin splints are a distant memory, and I can usually manange a stumbling run whenever it's called for.

I've got Asics too, and they're fine - 1160's. Saying which, I've also got me some mean Mizuno Wave Harrier 2's for trail running - they're the pooches plums.

Also, a dialogue with your painful limbs is a good idea - just keep reminding them that the brain has the deciding vote - no democracy in the body!

17/03/2012 at 22:07
Thanks guys. My mind is definitely in control elsewise I'd stop after about 3 mins

I had one bitch of a bilateral stitch today lol again no suprise due to jiggling but I think I will have to wave a big stick in front of my body next time so it gets the message to just be quiet and run

Shin still hurt but it wasn't bad bad

Shoes comfy asics gel cumulus 13 not cheap but sweatshop gave me a voucher to buy another pair for only £25 yeah baby

The dead badger is still there
Edited: 17/03/2012 at 22:12
17/03/2012 at 22:13
Sounds like you got through it then... did a warm up help? I actually find my shins hurt less the faster I go... as your body weight is spread over more of the stride length... ie less straight up and down forces going thru your legs... but, you need to get fitter to go faster... so it's a vicious circle...
17/03/2012 at 22:47
Explain this strange concept of fitness...?!

I did warm up, as well as drawing the alphabet with my feet lol

Apparently the analysis lady said my running isn't too bad in that I use my forefoot rather than landing on the back of my feet and am neutral-ish.
17/03/2012 at 22:53
Good that you forefront land... do you do calf raises to strengthen your calf muscles? Just a thought...

Strange concept of fitness? You mean running faster? haha

Yeah... it's a dream for most...

Be interesting to see how you feel in a few months once your muscles are used to running and you feel fitter... whether you still get shin pain...
18/03/2012 at 08:08

Are you drinking water as you run? I used to get awful stitches from water - not so bad ones if I used isotonic powders mixed into the water, and virtually none at all now I've switched to a chia seed / agave nectar / lime juice mixture.

Second pair of shoes, eh? What about some nice trail shoes to get up them tracks and hills? You'll be doing the Bob Graham Round before you know it. Off-road also gives a better core workout, as you need to use your balance more, and adjust to terrain. I've noticed my shoulders trimming down a little since I started heading for the hills every now and then.

I read somewhere that it's more important to stretch afterwards to release some of the tension in the muscles - I do warm up as well, though not as thoroughly (as I also read it's a prime time to injure youself), and I've found it really helped when I had a spot of iliotibial band pain (it runs up the side of your thigh and is a bugger when it's inflamed). Also stops my calves from aching the day after (or at least not so much).

The jiggling will subside too - when I started, it was like trying to run with a water balloon (or five) stuffed up my shirt - after five months, I was pleased to note yesterday that I am down to about a quarter full water balloon, and I think it my be full of honey rather than water, as it doesn't jiggle quite so much.

18/03/2012 at 14:59
Nick: I don't do calf-raises at the moment, but I was thinking of putting them into my weights/etc routine when I get that going....Although my lungs want to explode a la Alien, my knees feel a bit tender and my shin is a f00ker, I have had absolutely no soreness or pain in my thighs or calves...I think once my calves burned a bit during an actual session early on but that was it.

Bees: I don't drink water as I run because I hate carrying anything plus I'm not running far enough to need any yet I feel awful if I've eaten anything even remotely close to running so no longer make that mistake, and it's not particularly pleasant even to have had a drink beforehand, just feels heavy...

If you're going to stretch first apparently you should do dynamic stretches...I just walk at the start and end and then stretch at the end...for a little while...until my attention fails

Trail seems appealing...I'd have to travel a bit to get to anywhere decent, though I am very close to the Thames and the Thames path.

I don't suffer from runner's stomach but I do get runner's burp?!
Edited: 18/03/2012 at 15:02
18/03/2012 at 15:07
I don't eat within 3 or 4 hours of running either....

I find calf raises helped my shin splints... is your pain on the inside of your shins or the outside? I used to get them on the inside... but found calf raises helped a lot... I do them every day, even now... usually about 30 raises twice a day.
18/03/2012 at 16:58

Yup, running on an empty stomch for me - that's why I love mornings, and find evening runs a bit of a chore - I went out last Thursday after a day of eating mostly gingerbread rabbits (they were tasty, small and had a little heart shaped nose - I just had to keep eating the tasty buggers) and felt heavy.

Can heartily recommend Trail Running magazine to give you the bug, and it's only quarterly, so it doesn't break the bank. Either that or look for Kilian Journet on youtube - inspirational stuff...

18/03/2012 at 17:41
The pain is on the left-handside just about my inner ankle and travels up a bit to the centre.

Bees: Thanks, will them out. I still haven't tried early morning stuff yet.

Oooooh for me it's my own freshly baked soft and chewy choc chip cookies, duuuuuude! Though not at the moment as I am controlling calories.

18/03/2012 at 20:09
Your pain sounds like mine... and I find the fitter I am... the less problems I have with shin splints. But it is crucial I get my feet, ankles and calf muscles warm... otherwise the lack of blood to those muscles causes the problems for me with regards shin/ankle pain...
18/03/2012 at 20:45
Well I suppose that must be encouraging...Though it means I have to stick at it and improve

Maybe I should get some of those leg-warmers that ballet dancers use
18/03/2012 at 20:57
I was looking for a new ice pack for my ankles... as I get Achilles pain now and then... and saw this.. quite handy as you can heat it as well....

Cold/Hot Ankle Wrap
Edited: 18/03/2012 at 20:58
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