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3/4/13 8:10 A


I agree with the other posters that seeing your doctor or a sports chiropractor who deals with running issues may be your best option. The reason is many times the point of your pain is not the cause of your pain, but somewhere up or down your kinetic chain. For example my heel inflammation that I have been dealing with for 2 months was not caused from my heel, but rather a tight IT Band.

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3/4/13 5:31 A

No pain is ever "typical". I agree with the suggestion to see a doctor.

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3/4/13 4:23 A

Is this numbness and back pain just now when you try to run again or were you always experiencing that even though you could run a 5k event?

Either way, the ONLY advice anyone can offer online is to please see a doctor. We aren't qualified to offer specific injury-recovery advice without examining the injury (and most of us wouldn't even be qualified to do that!).

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3/3/13 11:55 P

Hi, I started running a year ago. Now, I'm definitely not fast, and I won't be running a marathon anytime soon, however, in November, I was able to run a 5K straight through. I have done the Warrior Dash, and several other 5K's, but November was the last race I did, and I haven't ran since January. When I run, my left foot goes numb, and I start to develop pain in my lower back. I also suffer from shin splints. I know these are typical problems when it come to running, but I am unalbe to run more than the 3 miles. I would like to be able to run a 10k by the time the summer is over, and a half-marathon by next year. I have tried tieing my laces loosely, and stretching thouroughly before and after running. I am looking for any advice on how to reduce the pain so I can run again and up my mileage.

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