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Running Woes?


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Last Wednesday, I tried to run/walk on the treadmill at a 1%/3% incline prior to my time with the personal trainer. This was after a two week break from running. I typically run for 60-90 seconds on the lower interval, and two minutes on the higher level. This is based on what my trainer said would be a good way to start out. After a few intervals, my shins and calves started to bother me. Also, I was having some pain on the outside of my left foot (think outside of my pinky toe down the length of my foot). I quickly lowered the incline and played with how long I was running. When nothing was improving the pain, I stopped the treadmill and jumped on an elliptical.

I talked with my trainer, who recommended going to a local running store to have my feet evaluated. As it turns out, I tend to pronate, and the shoes I bought a couple months ago don't offer enough support. An hour later, I had my new Asics and a renewed commitment to running (I was pretty frustrated and disappointed that morning!).

Due to my internship / school / in-laws visiting for the weekend, today was the first day I could make it to the gym. I stretched before my run and did a 5 minute warm-up. I was able to do the run for 90 seconds and the walk for 3 minutes for the half hour I had allotted. I varied my running speed between 4.0 and 4.7 mph, depending on how I was feeling. Oh, and I took out the incline - just stayed at 0 the entire time.

When I was finished, I noticed I still had the pain along the left side of my foot. It also started (slightly) on the right foot. My calves were feeling the burn, and my shins became a little sore towards the end, but it was no where NEAR the pain I felt in my shins last week. I'm really happy about that!

I came home and promptly iced my shins and popped some ibuprofen.

With all of that being said, I'm wondering about a few things that I'm hoping you all can help me with:

1. Should I be mindful of the length of my stride during the running interval? I noticed a shortened stride when I ran at 4.2 mph and a longer one at 4.7 mph. Could this be playing a part in the burning calves / foot pain?

2. Any idea what is causing the foot pain?

3. Can I expect minimal shin splints as a part of starting a running program? Or should I be able to run with NO shin splints?

I know some of this is just getting past the pain (like the burning calves), but I feel like this is harder than it should be. Any advice runners can give me would be greatly appreciated!
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ALIKATE17 3/2/2011 2:55PM

  I feel your pain -- I have chronic shin pains, that I at first though was a stress fracture, but after months of healing, it has come back again almost immediately after making progress with my running. Running seems to be what works best for my workout routine, so I think it's time I go to a doctor to check it out. Good luck and if I learn something about shin problems and running, I'll report back!

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ANGIESDIET2 2/28/2011 3:54PM

  My knees are always the problem when I try to run, they always give me a fit which really stinks because I enjoy running more than walking.

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KTKATRINK 2/28/2011 11:06AM

    In a way, I feel like it's almost harder on my muscles to run slower. You definitely used different muscles at 4.2 mph than at 5.5 or 6 mph. I even notice it if I warm up at 5 mph. It's almost harder on my muscles to go slower. It's a difficult balance of getting it right for your lungs and right for your legs.

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STRINGS58 2/27/2011 10:04PM

    I joined the chi running team and have read halfway the through the book, but I have an Iliotibial band problem that I hadn't had before.
The shin splint issue -- as far as I know, people massage those, but I'm not an expert. If your runs are short, these would seem unreasonable, but I've injured myself (calf) on the first takeoff stride.
I should think that your comfort would give you information about your stride.

I hope you get more answers!

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KKKAREN 2/27/2011 5:15PM

    I'm afraid I can't help with your questions, I'm an outside walker. I don't have too many problems doing that.

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