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I have been running off and on for a few years. I normally run 5k's and run/walk a 1/2 marathon. I normally run about 3/4 of it and walk the rest. I am training for my 3rd half marathon and have been following the 10 week training plan. In my training I normally walk up (speed walk) the big hills and run the rest. In the past week of my training I have been having shin pain mainly on my right inside leg. I can run through it and it will stop hurting about mile 4 on my long runs but hurts the entire run on my short runs. I am 2 weeks away from my 1/2 and I really want to run this race! Every year to celebrate my anniversary of being cancer free (ovarian cancer) we run a race. This half marathon is my anniversary race. What can I do to make it to this race?
Thanks for your help!
I think your symptoms have not been severe enough to rule out running this race, especially in light of how much it means to you. I like the idea that you are run-walking as a more natural approach to the sport. We who run-run these things tend to get even worse injuries!
I would like to know why it is you feel compelled to run-walk when others seem so gung-ho about pushing themselves too hard. Is it energy level due to cancer treatment? That would be understandable, and your approach reasonable. If there are issues with musculoskeletal pain, however, you might want to have your running form analyzed on a treadmill. Physical Therapists and some well-trained running stores offer this service. People with lower arches tend to get "shin splints," and there are other problems like overpronation that can make running a real chore for your recovering body.
In the short term, a visit to a well-recommended running store, and a consultation with someone who knows running styles and foot types, might get you into a shoe that with a couple weeks' adjustment, might make this race a whole lot easier. Hips and feet are very important to running, and pain and dysfunction in one area can lead to compensations in the other. Running seems to make you very happy, so you owe it to yourself to leave no stone unturned as you search for the perfect solution to your running comfort.
Thanks for your reply! I have been to a running store and they have suggested I use orthodics in my shoes. This seems to be helping but I think after this race I will go and be re-evaluated.
I run/walk because I am not a great runner. It also helps with my stamina in a long race. I usually run 5k's all the way through but more than that I find it is easier on me to run/walk.
Again, thanks for your reply!
How did you do with your race.... did everything go all right? Did you ever find out what might have caused your shin pain? I have a friend who is constantly having shin pain issues and other than icing, wrapping, and ibuprofen I don't have much advice for her. She does run/walk too and is planning to compete in her first 5k this weekend. I just hope she doesn't quit halfway through, she has run/walked almost 3 miles before so I don't think the last .2 or so should cause too many problems.
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Jim, regarding Jami's pain: I was intrigued when she said that her pain was on the inside of the right shin.
Then, I noticed that you spoke of musculo-skeletal pain.
It does not seem to me that there are any muscles on the inside (medial) side of the shin. Am I right?
I hope Jami is well.
I am doing great! I continued to have pain so I took it easy for a week or so and then started back with my training plan. I ended up not running up the big hills and running the rest and found that this seemed to stop the pain. I think my problem is that I tend to run much faster up hills and it is putting stress on the inside of my shins. I am slowly learning how to pace better and that is also helping. I ran my 1/2 marathon and took 17 minutes off of my last 1/2 marathon time! Over the summer I will work on short runs before I start training for the Ragnar Relay which is very much the same training plan as a half. Thanks for the replies!