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SPACEYTRACY91's Photo SPACEYTRACY91 Posts: 65
6/7/10 4:35 P

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I have good shoes - check!

I think it might be the stretching thing, great advice! I might try to do a little jog tonight. I just moved really close to an adorable park, I should utilize that! I mean...I already utilize the bagel shop! haha :)

Thank you for your reply!

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6/7/10 1:46 P

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I used to get TERRIBLE shinsplints but am finally running now without problems. My biggest "secrets" were forcing myself to rest between runs no matter how much I wanted to go out every day, buying the right pair of shoes, and stretching before AND after running.

Here are a few tips that may help you:

1. Good Shoes: THIS IS so KEY!! You need to get a good pair of running shoes. You can't skimp on shoes because your feet are the foundation that determine if you're going to have a problem with your shins. Running shoes are specially designed to handle this problem. Invest as much as possible and find a knowledgeable salesperson at the store to answer your questions and address your specific needs.

2. Increase Gradually: DO NOT OVERDO IT AS A NEW RUNNER!! This is hard. You want to run, you want to get into your Zen Zone asap. But you will experience the problem of splints when you shock your shin muscles by doing a lot more work than they're used too. By gradually increasing things slowly, there isn't quite a shock to the system.

3. Rest Times: YOU WILL ONLY SET YOURSELF BACK IF YOU DON'T GIVE YOUR MUSCLES TIME TO REJUVENATE!! If you run or even walk, you should take a break every other day. The reason is because you're using muscles and these muscles need around 48hrs to repair. The ones in your shins are the ones that cause the pain. It doesn't matter if you feel like you could run a marathon the day after, rest!!!

4. Softer Surfaces: You wouldn't believe the difference you will experience by changing the type of surface you walk or run on. Sometimes we are limited to sidewalks, but if you can find a place with a gravel or just grass, you will have less of an impact on your shin muscles. A park nearby may offer the best solution!

5. Stretching: SO IMPORTANT, FOR ANY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY YOU DO!! Take the necessary time before and after running or walking to do stretching. Having your shin muscles warmed up can really avoid some pain. Also stretching after your activity will also prevent it from getting stiff.

Here are some other good sites to check out:

www.runnersworld.com/article/1,7124,
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blessingsforlife.com/fitness/injurie
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Good luck!!

“With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.” ~ The Dalai Lama


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SPACEYTRACY91's Photo SPACEYTRACY91 Posts: 65
6/7/10 12:24 P

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I'm trying so hard to want to start and enjoy running. I understand all the meditative benefits and all that, but I find that my shins ALWAYS hurt, and i try to self diagnose and i have no idea what's going on...

Any runners out there that can tell me how it went to start and how it feels now that you are runners?

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