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Thanks everyone for all the tips. The shoes I have are brand new Asics runners, and I've been very happy with them for all of my other fitness activities.
I will try to work on strengthening my calf muscles up, and perhaps do a few runs on my treadmill, although its hard when its SO nice outside!
Welcome to running thankfully I did not experience pain in the shins I did start to jog on a treadmill first then I took it outside and maybe that is why I was okay Now I make sure I get a warm up walk before I start to run and I do cool down walk then I stretch so far so good for me I do think maybe a good pair of running shoes might help
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Hope you are able to find what works for you and get back to running pain-free soon!
Something else that hasn't been mentioned yet is you may want to slow your pace down...if you are trying to go too fast it can put too much strain on your muscles.
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This one is for a video done by SP's Coach Nicole, specifically aimed at shin splints.
Ooh, I suffered with the same thing when I fist started running.
SparkPeople have done up a great article that gives some really good information, including more links at the bottom of the article.
In my case, it cleared up once I got my first pair of real running shoes. I think the pair I was using were way past worn out, plus they weren't made for running. But shoes aren't always the culprit.
I also did the exercise a lot, that traces the alphabet with my toes and I used both capital letters and small letters. That's a good exercise to help strengthen the area.
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It's not unusual for new runners to experience shin pain when they start a running program--much of this has to do with poor anterior tibialis development (the muscle that supports dorsi-flexion of the foot). Therefore doing exercises such as toe taps, tracing the alphabet with your foot extended in front of you sitting in a chair and towel scrunches will help. Also make sure you work on doing some calf raises, too.
If you haven't been fitted for running shoes, now would be the time to do so, but remember you can still have shin splints even if you are wearing the proper shoe. Ice your shins and allow a day of rest between runs. If you experience shin tenderness localized to a specific spot on the bone or if you are unable to walk you will want to get checked out to rule out a more serious situation such as a stress fracture.
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I just started jogging about a week ago, and so far I like it. That being said, I have been experiencing really bad pains in my shins ( I'm told these are "shin splints" ). I stretch out before and after a run, but tonight the pain was almost too much by the time I got home.
Does this get better over time? Is there anything I need to be doing?