Hello everyone, I've been lurking around for a week or so (hope you don't mind! ) & thought I'd register so I can post & introduce myself
I've been a lifelong shin splints sufferer, and I hoped that with the right shoes & program I'd finally achieve my dream of being able to run, relatively pain-free. After the first day of C25K my shins started acting up. At the end of the week they were aching all day & night. I went to a sports physio & he analysed my gait & said basically my core strength is too weak to pull my leg up enough at the front so I'm kicking forward at the last minute & landing hard.
He strongly recommended no more running until my strength is up to scratch. I'm feeling devastated, I was really enjoying running (besides the shin splints) and was totally itching to get out there on rest days as well as run days. The physio said though if I run through the pain the muscle might come away from the bone & I could get stress fractures (ouch!).
So now I'm desperately following his strength program & hoping it's more like 2 weeks instead of 4 weeks (which was the period he recommended). There is a 5k run I'd love to do at the end of Feb, and a 7k one in mid-March. I'll also have to do some serious work on my running form.
Anyone else have shin splint troubles? What helped you (other than shoes)?