Posted: 17/03/2008 at 21:31
Long time no post. I've been out of the running scene for over a year now (and boy, does my waistline know it). Anyway, I've been trying to get back into again without much luck. I am a couple of stone heavier than I was 18 months ago, which is probably not helping, but I am not able to run more than a couple of miles now without getting an almost unbearable pain down the front / outside of my right shin.
Let me try to explain the symptoms (and why I don't think it's shin splints). For the first couple of miles of running, I am absolutely fine. After about 2 or 3 miles though, I start to get a pain to the outside of my righ shin, just above the ankle. The pain gets progressively worse until I have to stop. Although I've been running less than once a week to try and sort it, the distance I'm able to run before the pain comes in is actually getting less. When I do eventually have to stop I feel like I have a cramp in a muscle that runs from the outside of my right calf to the top of my right foot. If I stop and stretch that muscle out by pointing my toes down onto the ground and pushing forward from the heel to stretch out the front of my shin and upper foot I can get the pain to subside but when I start running again, it only takes another 1/4 mile or so for the cramp / pain / whatever to stop me running again.
I don't think it is shin splints because the pain is not there at the start of the run and there is no tenderness on any area of my shin (and the pain is actually to the outside of the shin and not on the bone itself).
HELP!!!! I want to get back into running!!!