Hm. I've never looked into it before; I just stretched before because it seemed logical. Now that I'm trying to find the answer, I'm finding mixed results..haha. I guess do whatever you think is right! Maybe I'll try -not- stretching before my runs and see if that makes a difference for me.
I'm still a beginner with running, but I did used to get shin splints every time, and don't anymore. A few things I changed were:
1. I used to run with my heel hitting the pavement first; now I try to do a mid-foot strike 2. I have a 5 minute warm-up and 5 minute cool-down where I just walk at a brisk pace 3. I stretch for several minutes before AND after my walk/jog.
I'm not sure which of these fixed it for me, but I hardly get shin splints now that I'm doing this.
FITAGAIN11, thank you for the advice, I also have flat feet apparently. I'm willing to try anything so will do the duck walking hehe
FELIXC, I'll need to get on one of those machines that analyses the way I run to see if I am running on the ball of my feet. The last time I ran I did try to make smaller steps so I think that might be why my legs have come right after 24 hours this time.
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This seems to be a hot topic on this team lately! Shin splints are fairly common.
A couple of things that can cause shin splints--First, you may want to shorten your stride. Shin splints can happen if your stride is too long because this puts excessive pressure on your shins. Also, do you seem to be jogging on the balls of your feet? If so, this can cause shin pain too--as it puts the pressure on the front of your legs. Aim for a mid-foot strike when you jog.
There are some good articles on SparkPeople, too, and recommend reading those, too.
Best of luck and let us know how you're progressing!
I've been prone to shin splints since I was a teenager, possibly due to flat feet. During training for a 1/2 marathon, my coach had me do Duck Walks every day, especially after warming up in training sessions. It sounds and looks silly, and seems funny that flat feet may make you more prone to need it, but it really works!
I started off walking for 3 minutes and then when I started running my shins started hurting. I took a week off as they were hurting last week too and I wanted to make sure if I had shin splints to let them heal. My legs have been good.
But today they started to hurt for a few mins as I did my first run. After that they were fine. Tonight, 8 hours later they are sore and aching. Sore muscles at the back and a bit sore at the front. Is this just from working them out?
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