Developed shin split - 7 mile race on Saturday - Help!

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24/01/2013 at 13:37

Hi Everyones! Really hoping someone can help!

Currently running around 10K at the moment and got a 7 mile race booked for Saturday.

Went out running in the snow on Monday and managed 6.4 miles. Went out last night planning to do 6.5 miles however after 3 miles I had to stop and phone the missus to pick me up as I had the most painful shin split pain.

After resting and putting tiger balm etc on it, I thought I would go out for a nice steady run today, however only managed 1.2 miles before I had to stop and walk back - even walking my shin was very painful.

Does anyone know of a miracle cure etc or anything I can do so I can run the race on Saturday?

24/01/2013 at 13:40
24/01/2013 at 13:41

Will 2 days rest be enough?


24/01/2013 at 14:12

Active rest - non-impact exercise - cycling/swimming is best.  You're probably on the wrong forum for miracles though....  Maybe try the God channel?!?

Doesnt sound like its anything that will cure it in 2 days.  Try lots of calf & foot stretching and shin stetches (sitting back on your heels)



24/01/2013 at 14:14

Hi Runners Therapist,

Wishful thinking on my part! Deep down I knew 2 days wouldnt be enough - Just sods law its 2 days before the race.

Will take your advice of stretching etc

24/01/2013 at 14:25

Sounds more like a stress fracture to me.

24/01/2013 at 14:30

Just had a googel RicF and that does seem possible.

Would you say its worth a trip to minor injuries or just rest it and see what happens?

24/01/2013 at 14:43
If I was you I wouldn't do the race at the weekend. Get the injury sorted and then go from there.
24/01/2013 at 15:10

Thanks everyone. Popped down minor injuries and the nurse had a feel, said I have pulled the muscle. Rest, Ibuprofen and no race on Saturday.

24/01/2013 at 18:27


There are certain repair mechanisms involved with any injury. Just resting the problem won't solve it. Ask a physio.

25/01/2013 at 14:53

Anything can seem possible when you google it!  Active rest is best - cycling and swimming will work the muscles in your calf/shin without the impact which is irritating them.   LOTS of stretching.   Give it  a few days then try a slow run at 20% of distance you would normally run.   Don't run if painful.   The next day if you havent had a bad reaction, gradually increase the distances.

Don't take anti-inflammatories for longer than 72 hours, any longer and you may be  impeding the healing process.


If you still have a problem after a week or two book in with a good sports physio...

Edited: 25/01/2013 at 15:04

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