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I have been running off and on for about a year and a half now. My first time ever running, I did 1.5 miles without stopping, so I stuck with that. I ended up with a knee injury and had to sit out for a few months. Ive been running again since then, however, I am now getting shin splints every time I run. I have brand new shoes from Fleet Feet, Ive tried running on all different surfaces, and Ive been stretching and trying to make my legs stronger, but nothing seems to be working. My goal was to train and run the Disney Princess Half Marathon in February, but that isn't looking like a possibility right now. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas or tips on how to help prevent this issue?
It may be a good idea to see a sports PT to determine the underlying cause of the shin splints and get a specific rehabilitation plan.
I would also double-check your shoes, look at custom inserts and/or arch supports. Maybe get a gait analysis from a professional because certain foot, muscle and flexibility inbalances can cause this condition to keep happening. Of course, there are shin spint sleeves that might also be of benefit, but it is important to address all the factors that might be contributing.
P.S. Investigating some natural supplements might also help. Some runners have reported improving with increases in Vitamins E, D, K and Magnesium.
Hope you are back on the way to your half soon!
Something that really helped me when I was new to running was atraining group. I joined a 10K group, and it helped with a lot of thebasics of running- what pace you should start out with, how far to runfor your ability level, how to increase your distance, how to stretchto avoid injuries, things I really had no idea about. Before that Iwould get exiced and start my runs fast, and burn out after twomiles. It also give you support and motivation, and the trainers werehappy to answer questions.
It's probably not a bad idea to see a doctor about your injuries either.