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Old 03-31-2013, 12:40 AM   #1
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Shin Splints - over it!

I am officially at my wit's end and not sure what to do, so hoping someone in here might be able to offer some suggestions?

First some background...

I've never been a runner, and always hated it, but last year I decided I would aim for a RunDisney event. I started off aiming for the TOT 10 miler, but after the problems I'm having with my legs, I'm now aiming for the Disneyland 10k (next year).

I started the C25K in August last year. I noticed some discomfort in my shins whenever I tried to walk fast or run, but thought it was a normal part of training so pushed through it. I made sure I always did a proper warm-up and asked around for some stretches specifically for runners, which I have done religiously after every session. After my 4km run, I had to stop because I couldn't even walk properly anymore. It had started to affect my ankles, and my joints were swollen and sore.

Fast forward more than 6 months... I've tried everything I can think of and still haven't been able to run for more than 30 seconds without getting the shin splints back again. I've just come back from an interval training session and am icing my shins while I type. I just don't know what else to do!

It's the most frustrating thing in the world feeling ready to run mentally and fitness wise, and not being able to because of my legs! Especially because I've grown to like running after having hated it for so long.

Here's what I've tried so far.

Had shoes fitted at a specialist running shoe shop
Been to physio and had massages
Done strengthening and balancing exercises
Asked my doctor
Had personal training (for technique)
Gotten orthotics
Built up strength in my legs through walking
Tried running around the oval instead of on the street

I've been walking up to 10km at a leisurely pace with no problems, it's only when I try to go faster, jog, or include a decent hill that it becomes a problem. I've been doing all the right things - building up slowly, warming up and stretching religiously, and doing cross-training to help my strength and balance.

Can anyone help me?

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