Shin splints - before race

Reacurace of shin splints

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24/04/2013 at 12:45


I known there’s is about a million shin spilt questions on here but her I go.

I am currently suffering with shin splits on my right leg lower down on the inside.

I have been icing them and resting I have been swimming and doing weight things that don’t hurt them.

The only problem is I have a race next weekend and I am desperate to get out and run. Plus I don’t want to lose fitness.

The shin splints seemed to go after I switched trainer to Merrell Bareaccess about a 6 weeks ago and I have been running fine on them. Hoverver I did a race to weeks ago (a 10k) and was fine after but went for a small run the day after.

Its been over  a week and I have not ran but I can still feel my shins when I walk. I am a bit bothered now as I have some runs coming up and I have a marathon in September so I want to up my mileage. I have been running for about 3 years and I have been racing for 1 year.





24/04/2013 at 13:11

I forgot to say they feel loads better than last week but not 100%

24/04/2013 at 16:45
I sympathise Joe,I have the same issue and I'm supposed to running a marathon on Sunday morning.Its touch and go at the moment....
24/04/2013 at 20:26
This sunday that's bad, I have a week and the nice dry weather is whats borthering me. Seeing all those people going passed out side.

Best of luck or Sunday!
24/04/2013 at 20:56

I got posterior shin splints(inside leg) 3 weeks before the Brighton marathon, and ran it after taking 2 Ibruprofen. Physios advise was to do stretching exercises to strenghten arch, hamstrings, quads, and calfs. All on youtube if unsure. Also avoid tarmac, and find a trail for a few runs, as tarmac impact will worsen the condition. 2 weeks after completing marathon and shinsplints have gone. Hope this helps..!!

24/04/2013 at 23:48

Pain on the inside of the shins when running/walking is normally caused by impact.  Its possible the change of trainer alter your gait slightly.  So slightly in fact its taken 5 weeks effect the muscles of the calf.  Non-impact exercise such as cycling or swimming will help to keep up CV fitness and work the calf muscles without the impact forces. That maybe enough to resolve the issue.

25/04/2013 at 10:59

Deep tissue massage on your calves may help as calf tightness can be a contributing factor.

25/04/2013 at 14:31

Thanks for the advice. The only thing I'm thinking of is when to start back again.

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