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Hi. I am new to this. I've tried to jog in the past but I get pain that runs up and down the front of my leg from the knee down to just above the ankle, but always in the front. Suggestions?
I believe those are shin splints. I have never had them, so can't help. Hope someone else can answer your questions.
Sounds like shin splints. Slow down, avoid over-striding (your foot should plant under your hips), make sure your shoes are in good shape and appropriate to your stride/footplant, work on strengthening all the muscles of your lower leg (calf and shin) and ankles, maybe try a little barefoot running (short distances on a firm, smooth surface).
Thanks for the information. I will try these recommendations.
TEAGr: I noticed that when I had discomfort in my shin area, it was because I had too many miles on my shoes and the cushioning was no longer effective. New shoes fixed my problem. Not saying for sure that you don't have shin splints, but it might be simpler than that. I also agree with strengthening your lower leg and foot muscles that control your balance.
Completed in 2012:
The Qualifier HM, Midland MI, May 2012, 2:58, 80+ degrees
Dam to Dam 20K, Des Moines, IA, June 2012, 2:17, PR for this race
Garry Bjorklund HM, Duluth, MN, June 2012, 2:20
Fox Valley HM, St. Charles, IL, 9/16/12, 2:23
Des Moines HM, 10/21/12, 2:19
Tentative plans for 2013:
Wisconsin (Half) Marathon, Kenosha, WI 5/4/2013 (registered)
Dam To Dam 20K, Des Moines, 6/2/2013 (registration opens March 20th)
Grandma's (Half) Marathon, Duluth, MN, 6/22/2013 (if I get picked again in the lottery)
Des Moines HM, 10/20/2013 (registered)
I am just recovering from shin splints too, and they are really no fun! I ended up getting new shoes. If you go to a good running store, they can assess how you walk and run and suggest the best shoes for you. My new shoes are awesome, and best of all, my shins are feeling a lot better. Also some advice that I got from the guy at the running store was to freeze water in a dixie cup, then you cut off the bottom of the cup and massage your shins for 5 min. I have to warn you that this hurts becuse it is so COLD! but my shins felt a lot better afterward, so I think that it was worth it.