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9/15/09 10:36 A

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Thanks everybody! I am definitely trying your advice.

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9/14/09 4:25 P

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Janet gave great advice! Something that I try to have on hand is some "ice massagers"...Just fill a paper (not plastic) cup with water and freeze it, then you can just peel the paper to expose the ice. Make sure that you don't ice for more than 20 minutes at a time!

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9/14/09 1:49 P

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CAPSTEVE, sounds like shin splints. Yes, changing shoes might help you relieve the problem. The other thing you need to do is warm up your shin muscles before going out. There is a shin warm up that I do and have had many others use before going out.. toe taps. Keeping your weight on one foot put the other out in front of you as though you were going to take a small step. Keep the heel of your front foot on the ground and just pull your toe up as high as you can and put it back down again (not too fast). Don't rock your body, the only thing that moves is your foot with a slight bend to your knee. Do them 25 times with each foot. One other thing that works is walking on your heels for 15 to 25 steps. While most of the time the burning and pain go away, if you don't warm up your shins you do risk the possibility of severe injury. Uphill can exacerbate the pain as well, so be sure to warm up those shins. You'll save on pain. If the pain comes back while running/walking, just stop and do another set.

Ice your shins after you get back. I'm nursing a shin splint that by what I can tell came from racing on off-camber roads. So new shoes, ice and warm-ups are in my immediate future since I have 4 more 1/2 marathons to do this year. Hope we both heal soon.

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CAPTSTEVE's Photo CAPTSTEVE Posts: 40
9/14/09 12:29 P

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Will do, thanks for replying!

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9/14/09 12:28 P

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I feel your pain...I been having the same problem lately and posted a blog asking for suggestions. A lot of people suggested I get new shoes and go to a running speciality store so that they can tell me kind of runner I am to ensure that I have the right shoes. Haven't gone to running store yet but I got new shoes this weekend. I am going to run in them for the first time today I hope this helps for my sake because the pain is no fun. Keep me posted. Good Luck!!!

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CAPTSTEVE's Photo CAPTSTEVE Posts: 40
9/14/09 12:14 P

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Lately I've been having pain just to the inside of my shin bone, right where the calf starts to get thinner (I know, don't you just love my description?). I was wondering if anyone else has ever had this, and what they did to make it go away? I've got a 5K that I'm doing in Oct., so I don't want to lose any of the stamina I've gained training for it!

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