The impact of running is hard on the body, and it can take some time for you leg muscles and tendons to adjust to the impact of running. It sounds like you have been doing too much, too soon.
You should aim to build up a solid base (2-3 months) of walking first, then follow a Couch to 5K program to transition into running. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking, and give your legs the chance to adapt to the impact. www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic les.asp?id=598
Also, keep your running speed down (to not much faster than a brisk walk - less speed = less impact). At this stage it is more important to get used to the motion of running. Once you are running continuously comfortably, then you can work on increasing your pace.
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5/19/14 1:29 A
Thanks for the info, but it is definitely not shin splints! I had them in high school. I just got new shoes today, went to the running store to get fitted and everything.
I'm thinking it was just a sore muscle, my calfs were burning too but I stretched them out and felt a better. Just not sure what the proper stretch or muscle that was causing the pain. I'm a little bummed out cause I was hoping to slowly start jogging more and more.
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5/18/14 11:01 P
Sounds like it might be shin splints. I have that problem, too.
I got myself a good pair of shoes and custom inserts, and that has helped a lot.
Fitness Minutes: (195)
5/18/14 8:10 P
So I have been walking for about a week, today I decided to add in a little jogging. Maybe I was a little too ambitious, but I only ran for about 2 minutes during my 20 minute walk. After the running and walking the outside part of my leg was really sore.
It was not my calf and not my shin, kind of right next to the shin. It was really sore and tight, it did not feel like I pulled something just that it needed to be stretched out. Has anyone else had this experience and could recommend some stretches to help/prevent this?
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