What am I doing wrong?

Beginner needing help

11 messages
08/07/2013 at 11:28


I started running about 2 months ago and it's been very on and off because everytime I run my shins start to hurt after about 20 minutes and I have to walk the rest, it also takes the best part of 4-5 days for my legs to recover enough to run again.

What am I doing wrong? I've got cheap running trainers, could this be the cause? Or am I just so unfit that it's gonna take a while?

HELP please.



08/07/2013 at 12:05

1. Get yourself fitted for a proper pair of running shoes.

2. Google "exercises for shin splints".

See how you go from there.

08/07/2013 at 14:02

Get some proper shoes, run slower than you think, off road if you can (easier on the joints). Enjoy!

08/07/2013 at 17:20

doesn't cadence effect shin splints too? 

It may be that you are leaning back when running and need to lean a bit forward. This will help you to run on more of a mid foot rather than your heel. 

Do you get lower back pain as well? That is also sign that you are running too upright.

Propper running shoes and running off road also help to avoid shin splints.

08/07/2013 at 17:53

You'll be landing on your heel out in front. That'll give you Shin splints

08/07/2013 at 20:13

Thanks everyone, I'm off to get some new trainers tomorrow. 

08/07/2013 at 22:36

It's very rarely the shoes that are the problem -it's how you run. Hope you get sorted

08/07/2013 at 22:45

Warm up properly too, I used to have issues but now do various exercises  (ankle circles/going onto tip toes etc) and it helped. 

09/07/2013 at 11:54

I suffered from shin splits for the first couple of months when I started running. I was a rather fat runner and losing weight helped as did running on trails. You could try mixing some non-impact exercise in with your running - 2 mile run, 20 minutes cycling etc.

09/07/2013 at 12:10
Dansince wrote (see)

Thanks everyone, I'm off to get some new trainers tomorrow. 


You should go to a running shop.

You can save a few quid by going to Sports Direct.  But you'll probably still get shin splints.

09/07/2013 at 21:37

Got me some proper Nike running trainers and been doing my shin splint excercises so fingers crossed. 

Thanks all. 

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