Posted: 10/04/2014 at 21:08
I'm not quite sure whats happened there, half of my last message disappeared and the italics seem to have continued for the rest of the thread?!
The whole thing (in italics) was supposed to read;
I began running seriously in 2010 but began experiencing shin splints during races in early 2011. I wouldn’t have any problems in training regardless of distance, tempo, intensity etc; the pain only seemed to develop during races, or to put it simply – when it actually mattered! The pain is on the outside of the shins, develops within 10 minutes of starting the race, and often subsides after 45 mins or so, but then my calves tighten up, the damage is done and my race is over. Once I’ve finished I can walk fine and have no pain whatsoever.
From then on I tried numerous treatments in an attempt to beat the problem, these have included physio, massage, shin-strengthening exercises, taping, foam rolling, compression socks, anti-inflammatories, icing, and custom-made orthopaedic insoles and so on. However, after having yet another race sabotaged by the pain (last years Paris Marathon), my podiatrist tweaked my insoles and I had a full year of pain-free running, both in training and in races.
Unfortunately, at last weekend’s Milan Marathon, the pain returned and put a huge dent in my finishing time. Over the past seven months I’d gradually increased the mileage, running around 80miles a week and achieved personal best times at all shorter distances.
The frustration is the lack of any consistent pattern in what causes the pain to flare up. There are no ‘warning signs’ beforehand, it just seems to come on as it pleases, and although it could just be “one of those things”, I’d imagine there must be some form of medical explanation for it? My preparation for the marathon has been pretty identical to the shorter races in which I’ve had no problems whatsoever (despite these been run at a LOT higher intensity). I warm-up thoroughly, wear the same shoes as in training, follow the same nutrition (that doesn’t give me problems in other races), no alcohol or medication, routine (rest,etc) so am utterly baffled as to what causes the issue to arise yet again.
I realise it could be an overtraining/muscle stress issue but it seems hugely coincidental that it should only give me grief during the full marathon (and early on in the race at that), which is run at a lower intensity, after which I’ve tapered for three weeks, rather than in the middle of an 80-mile week. Again, it could be that my insoles need replacing but it would also be very unfortunate that they give up at that exact race (and not sooner).
I’ve also questioned if it’s a psychological problem but the pain is that intense that I don’t see how it could be.
Have you heard of anything similar to this before? As you can imagine, having invested so much time, effort and money into preparing for the race, it’s incredibly distressing when such a problem occurs.
That's what I've posted elsewhere and sent to a few physio's. Interestingly, one sent an immediate reply and asked if I was over hydrating. To be fair he could have a point, I had 5.5litres of water in the four hours before Milan. I'm worried of becoming dehydrated but with the heat in mind I maybe went a step too far?
But are folk aware of just how much it could affect my problem? With regards to TRs question; no I use the same two pairs of trainers in races and training.
Apologies it's all a bit 'me me me', I've just no idea what direction to go in from here!