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HMILLY2020 Posts: 587
5/22/14 8:17 A

Yup, I know. I've been fighting both. Sorry I was having two thoughts at the same time, lol. Its earlly still!

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5/22/14 8:15 A

The shin is not where your IT band is. The IT band runs along the outside of your leg from hip to knee. Pain in the shin is generally a sign of shin splints. Here's an article on them:

HMILLY2020 Posts: 587
5/22/14 7:09 A

I've been wondering about this too as I have started running about 4 weeks ago and tend to get pain midway thru the workout (C25K) in the upper middle area of my shin, near my knee. I'm trying to make sure I thorougly workout tension in my IT band because it hurts a lot after a run.

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5/22/14 6:54 A

Landing with the heel first means there is nowhere for the impact to go but straight up the leg.

If you land with mid or forefoot first, then the small muscles in the foot, and the natural flexibility of the ankle will absorb a lot of the shock and impact.

Changing your stride is difficult - if you are not currently landing on your heel, don't change things.


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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,342
5/22/14 6:38 A

Here's an article you might find helpful:

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"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
CAMBRIDGE44 Posts: 3
5/22/14 5:47 A

Thank you. I did think it felt strange and when I watch athletes they seem to be running differently. To me. I am getting shin pain when I run and this time I am NOT giving up. I did wonder if it was technique. Sorry for such a basic question!

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5/22/14 5:29 A

You should try to land with a flat foot. If that is impossible, run in a way that is most natural feeling to you.

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CAMBRIDGE44 Posts: 3
5/22/14 4:37 A

I do find it confusing about how to run as I run on my toes. Should I be putting heel down first?

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