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Hi, first time on here so take it easy with me. I started running around the neighborhood a few months ago to lose some weight and to get healthy. I am 30 years old and have always been able to run with no problems. I have been running ok, even lost 15 pounds, but now I get this pain in my inner legs. The pain is in the inner side of both legs from the bottom of the calf to around the ankle area, sometimes even lower into the foot. I do stretch before I run and I have also bought new shoes, problem still there. Everyday is different, sometimes the pain starts as soon as i start running, then its less once I get going, then is comes back towards the end of the run. I usually try to run between 3-4 miles a day. I take Wednesdays off and some weekends, depending on what's going on. Sometimes the pain is so bad that I have to stop running, I walk the rest of the way but the pain goes almost away when i walk. One time I could not even walk after I ran, I was on the floor, I was thinking something had torn, but then it went away. it almost feels like something is stretching and causing the pain. I really apreciate any help ya;ll can give me. I want to keep running, but not with this pain.
There are times that I get an ache just under and behind my ankle bone on the inside of my foot. Sometimes it would go up the inside of my legs too.
For me, I added new stretches, increased my stretching time before and after my runs, and instead of running every day I started running every other day. I still get that ache once in a while, but it's gone from once or twice a week to once a month, maybe.
5k - 24:26
5k Trail - 24:57
5 Mile - 39:52
10k - 51:19
10k Trail - 53:15
Stretching BEFORE you run might actually be a bad idea. I have read a lot lately that stretching should be done after a warm-up. So you could try walking briskly for 5 minutes, then stretch a bit, then start your run.
If that doesn't help do you have health insurance that includes physical therapy? A PT would probably be a good person to ask about this. If it's some sort of tightness they can give you stretches, or maybe they will have a better idea what's causing it. Have you tried changing up your stride to see if that does anything?
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I've also heard/read that stretching cold muscles is not a great idea, and that it's best to stretch either after a warm up or after your run. It doesn't sound like stretching is necessarily your problem, though, as you indicated that you had run in the past without incident. I'm assuming you were stretching before your runs then, too.
You might want to scale back a bit on your mileage and/or speed. You state that you've lost 15 lbs. but you don't give you height/weight. If you're a bit overweight that may be a contributing factor. Your lower body sustains a lot of force when you run, so it's actually pretty surprising that we don't have more aches/pains/injuries than we do. You may also have some issues with your running form. This is pretty common for us "amateurs" as we don't have a team of docs analyzing our gait and working with us to imporve our form/posture/etc. I know for me, the first mile or two I think my running form is pretty adequate but later in my run, when oxygen deprivation and muscle/energy depletion are much higher, I am pretty sure my limbs and appendages are flailing all over God's Green Earth.
Take it easy for a few days and just walk your normal route. Don't power-walk but walk at a pretty normal clip. Get the long muscles stretching and working a bit without hitting them with the normal force of running. See if the pain starts to subside. Then work your way back up to a slow jog for a portion of your route. Then slowly jog the entire route. Analyze what you're feeling during each transition to see if you can isolate when/why the pain occurs. If the pain remains, go see your doc.
Thanks for all your input.
I am 5-10 and currently 185lbs. I ran 4 miles again last night, pain was there as soon as I started. I had to start slow because of pain, but then it actually almost went away after the first mile. It was strange. It will usually come back after I finish running but this time I placed frozen towels on my legs after I finished running. I had wet the towels and placed them in the freezer a few hours before. Once I placed towels on legs, the pain was gone. I was surprised. Maybe I have to do this every time I run?
I had a nearly-identical problem that prohibited me from running for years, and I always assumed it was an ankle problem. This summer I had a breakthrough when I figured out it was a combination of Achilles tendinitis and medial shin splints. I repeated a couple days on my training program, and awhile later took a full week off, then started stretching my Achilles and quads *after* running. It hasn't bothered me since. Granted, I'm not a doctor, just my personal experience.