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1/18/13 3:10 P

Most of the time if something hurts, it typically is a sign I need new shoes or the right type of shoes for my feet. That almost always solves the problem!

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1/18/13 11:22 A

Great article, Dragon - thanks! I haven't tried to run again since then, but have been doing my strength workouts and elliptical for cardio. My outer legs are still a little sore, but I WILL try to run again when they're healed.

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1/17/13 6:16 P

Shin splints are stress injuries, and oyu should most assuredly not "power through them." That's a great way to get hurt! Untreated shin splints can turn into stress fractures. If you're having them, something's not right. Either the shoes aren't working anymore, your form's off (overstriding is a common problem, especially on the treadmill), or you're doing too much, too soon.

You can do something, and should. :) It's primarily about prevention, but don't ignore this pain... it's your body trying to tell you something.

Runner's World did a FANTASTIC video not long ago about shin splints you need to see!

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1/17/13 5:41 P

I got shin splits for the first time in high school and my doctor told me then I would constantly be subjected to them more often since I already had them once. He always told me to take 1-2 weeks off from running if it got to the point anytime I walked I was in consistant pain and to keep it wrapped while I was at school since I couldn't help walking at those points.

Now I did that the first time but now I just power through them since I might get them 1-2 times a year. I haven't hurt myself doing it but in all honesty if you don't rest for a bit you do subject yourself to worse damage. So I don't recommend taking my approach but some people do.

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1/17/13 3:12 P

I used to get shin splints whenever I used new shoes without properly breaking them in first. In college, every year we got new cleats and I always got shin splints the first few weeks of using them.

Not much you can do for shin splints. In the college, the trainer iced them.

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1/17/13 1:29 P

If the shin pain continues, here's an article you might want to check out:

Coach Jen

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1/17/13 11:44 A

Actually, no - these are new Adidas running shoes I had fitted in December. But...until this week I hadn't run in 25 YEARS. I think my body is just freaking out, wondering what the heck I'm doing! :-)

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1/17/13 11:41 A

Are you using old shoes? Have you been to a running store and gotten fitted?
When I started running I was using old shoes and had problems with my knees and shins. I went to a running store and got fitted and the issue went away. Now, when my shins begin to bother me, I know it is time for new shoes.

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1/17/13 11:30 A

Yesterday, I started my 2nd 5k training session (alternating 4 minutes walking with 1 minute jogging). The first one went perfectly - I did 5 intervals for 25 minutes followed by a 5 minute cooldown with no pain, no stopping, etc. Last night, I made it through the first 5 minutes, then when I got to the 2nd 1 minute of jogging, my shins really started burning and hurting. I slowed back to a walk, but it still hurt, even at 2.7 mph.
I gave up on the treadmill and finished my cardio on the elliptical. Today, my outer lower legs are really sore. Any tips?

I'm not scheduled for cardio again until Saturday - tonight is strength training and Friday is my off day. Should I try the walk/run intervals again Saturday, or lay off a little longer?

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