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There Back...shin splints


This sucks! My shin splints seem to be back. Back in the winter I was running (actually training for the Country Music Half Marathon) and I developed really bad shin splints. So bad that I had to cancel my training because even after a month of laying off the running they were still there.

Well, thanks to the sport kit I got back into running about 3 weeks ago and I seem to have developed the shin splints again. I've been doing everything I can NOT to get them (including ice every night, running on soft surfaces - local high school track, etc.) but still seem to have developed them. Any thoughts or ideas of what I might be doing wrong? If they're like last time, these things will lead to me not running at all due to the pain. emoticon
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Re: There Back...shin splints


I emailed my girlfriend (she ran the Boston Marathon a few years ago). She sent me the following:

Hux,

Assuming that most runners on the forum are newbies, shin splits can
be a result of pushing to hard to soon. Here is a list of other
possible causes.
· Tight Achilles and calf muscles.
· An inexperienced runner just beginning to run.
· Running on uneven terrain.
· A sudden increase in faster running (speed work).
· A sudden change from soft to hard running surfaces.
· Running in worn down shoes.
· Excessive uphill running.
· Poor running mechanics which include excessive forward lean,
excessive weight on the ball of the foot, running with toes pointed
outward, landing too far back on the heels causing the foot to flap
down, and overpronation**.


**The over/under pronation issue can be resolved w/ orthotics. I
would recommend seeing an orthopedic or going to a well known running
store to assist in finding the right orthotics.

Oneline resources:
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Also, when using orthotics, it is common to go up a shoe size. For
example my running shoes are a W7 but I wear a 6 in all other shoes.

Hope this information is helpful.
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Re: There Back...shin splints


Before you go out and spend $100's on orthotics, check out [sign in to see URL]. I read about these in Runners World, and so far all the reviews I have read have been exteremely positive. I ordered some and so far have gone on 4 runs with them. I am someone who has always been troubled by ankle pain, and lately I had been having a lot of calf pain as I incresed in miles. I bought the Dean Karnazes insoles and so far I have had no pain whatsoever. Now, as I said, I have only run four times with these, and none of the runs have been more than six miles, however I know somethings right when I have not had any leg pain during that time. I will post again on these once I have completed a 10+ mile run to see if they make a difference during distances where I normally get quite sore.
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Re: There Back...shin splints


Great information! Kudos to both of you! Back in the winter I know it was from training too hard too fast, but this time I have tried to make sure not to make that mistake again. So, I'm not sure exactly my problem. I know I have the right shoes (I went to a running store and had my stride analyzed, etc.) (Asics Gel 2110's). I may look into these inserts. Anything is worth a shot!

It's very frustrating to be trying to do a good thing and have all the enthusiasm in the world and not be able to get out and run like I would like to!
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