Basically the title states it all. I had shin splints after the first three weeks of c25k (in addition to about 5 weeks of free form running around the neighborhood before I started the c25k program). I went to jackrabbitsports.com and had my run analyzed, and purchased a new pair of shoes. The salesperson suggested I take some time off then try again with the new shoes. Sure enough the pain is completely gone nearly two weeks later and am looking forward to getting out on the road, albeit a bit nervous.
Should I pick up the program at W4D1? Do I start over?
I'm no expert, but I'd suggest you try repeating week 3 day 1. See how you feel during/after the run. Make sure you spend enough time warming up and cooling down as well as stretching. If you have pain, stop and walk.
What you do from there is based on how you feel. If you feel like week 3 is way to hard, try going back to week 2. I don't think you'll have to start over completely, but you don't want to reinjure yourself either, so take it a little easier the first few times out there.
Started C25K 2/14/10 Age 51 and NEVER have run before.
Coventry Challenge 5K 3/20/10, end of W5 of C25K. 40:44
Spring Forward 5K (YMCA) 4/10/10 39:57
Focus 5K Run/Walk 5/13/10 32:24... in Orlando on a totally flat course
Coventry Challenge 5K 3/19/11 37:59
?Operation Backpack 5K 5/21/11 ??? fast-paced race, finished next to last
Coventry Challenge 5K 3/17/12 38:11
Just got back. I actually went out before any reply as it was getting cloudy and was threatening rain. I did pretty much what you suggested Janet, I repeated my last workout which was W3D3. I felt like I was gonna hurl a couple times (that might have been the tuna salad). The shoes had me running way faster than I could sustain it seemed like. I'd let my mind wander and next thing I knew I was running faster than pre injury. Maybe it really is the shoes! (for any old fogies out there that might remember that commercial). I feel a slight tug on the old shins now that I'm relaxed at home, but no pain at all. Anyhow 2.86 miles before it was all said and done, not including the cooldown walk. Not bad for nearly 2 weeks off in my opinion. Thanks for the reply!
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