It'is probably shin splints, though only a doctor can say for sure. Shin splints are a repetitive stress injury that comes from two things:
1) Poorly fitting shoes 2) Bad running form.
The poorly fitting shoes is something that I know you don't want to hear; the problem with running shoes is that price and other people's recommendations don't tell you a thing about what your feet need. Every foot is individual, so what works great for me may be terrible for you.
The other thing you need to do is learn to run properly. I know it sounds weird, but there's a technique for this stuff! Heel striking is a primary cause of this, because of the hard impact on that area. You can look up videos online... I'm dealing with these myself, and that's what everything I've read tells me about shin splints, and how to deal with them.
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I've just started running and have been going well until last week I went running for the fourth time, after a two day break, and as soon as I broke into a run and my foot hit the pavement I had a strong pain up my leg, it felt like my shins tbh but after researching a bit it sounds likeits the muscles either side of the bone. Anyway, I took the advice, rested up and iced my legs regurlarly, and returned to running a couple of nights ago. Had a break last night to give my legs a rest then went out tonight and had the same pain as before. Sorry for all the boring detail but thought it might help people answer.
Am I not resting long enough between runs or is it the actual resting that is causing the pain when I start again? The first couple of nights I ran when I started, I did push to my limit but didn't experience pain 'til after the break, and since then I have been careful to start slow and only do small intervals of running with plenty of steady walking in between.
I bought expensive trainers especially for running, designed to prevent concussion etc, and have heard from friends great things about them. If I want to run - which I do, I love it - I have to use the concrete pavements unfortunately, I'm not in a position to use dirt tracks etc, only once in a blue moon do I get the chance, so any tips or advice would be so greatly appreciated!
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