I started running in Nov, but I've been working out at the gym actively for 2 1/2 years. I decided to train for a half marathon at the end of Feb. A week ago, I ran my longest run (9 miles) and ever since I've had this pain in my leg. It's on the inside between my knee and my ankle...not my calf, but not my shin either. Sometimes it hurts just from walking, however if I lay off of it and ice it, it seems to be doing better, but I still can't run. Any suggestions as to what this might be and what can I do for it? I'm 5 weeks out from my race and really want to run. I've stayed away from running for the past few days, but wearing shoes with a heal yesterday just about hurt it again. I can ride the bike at the gym and it doesn't hurt it anymore... I need advice. I really want to run this race, but I don't want to hurt my leg further. I stretch before and after each run. I don't know how I injured it.
This is probably not what you're wanting to hear but...
Too much too soon. Classic case. Don't run for 2 weeks, see how your leg feels.
Bottom line is. Rest those legs and aim for a more realistic goal. 5-8k perhaps.
You've gotta build up the mileage slow and steady.
Best of luck! Don't be discouraged.
The pain might be the result of bad running form..have you gone to a running store to have your gait analyzed and get fitted for shoes? If rest really does make it feel better, then in order to run your race I would say try to do a lot of biking or if possible the elliptical during the next two weeks, but no running at all. They've shown that if you bike at a high intensity you can keep up the same level of fitness and come out ready to run!
Avoid the high heels too if you can, just give your leg all the pampering you can. Stretching generally helps out too.
This could very well be shin splints, which is a generic term relating to lower leg pain other than the calf muscles. Shin splints can occur on either side of the shin bone. It may very well be a matter of too much, too soon. Going from no running to a half-marathon in 3 months is very aggressive. Check this article: http://www.coolrunning.com/engine/2/2_5/196.shtml#posterior. It also gives tips for treating it.
Thanks for the advice... I have done several 5k's at the beginning of my running, however I can't find any local (w/in 2 1/2 hours from home) 8-10 k's. I think I stretch plenty.. before and after my runs also one day a week, I stretch for 30 min. using p90x stretch for the legs. I will take it easy and appreciate all of the advice. Nice to know that it may be shin splints. I didn't think about taking ibuprofin for the pain. I did go to a local shoe store and have been fitted for some running shoes--Brooks Trance9.
Your advice was taken and appreciated. I wanted to update you on what has happened since i first posted. I had no idea what was wrong with my leg or how I injured it. So for 3 1/2 weeks, I stayed away from running altogether and just cross trained. After those 3 1/2 weeks, my leg was still hurting so I just gave up and said, "I won't be able to do this race". I stayed completely away from cross training and running for 1 1/2 weeks b/c I wanted my leg to heal all the way. (I have a half in May that I want to do). During this week and a half, I worked on strength training on my legs. The Sunday before the half marathon, I was able to walk 1 mile completely pain free. So, I thought maybe there is a chance. I didn't do any running on Monday. On Tuesday, i ran 3 miles pain free. When I say ran, it was more like walking for 2 min. at 3.5 mph and jogging for 1 min. at 4.5 mph. I was excited. On Wed. night, I ran 6 miles 100% pain free. So, my plan was to do this half marathon. I knew that I would more than likely be walking most of it, but if I could come away pain free and still complete it, then that was my goal (it is my first half marathon). I ran 1 mile on Thursday and completely laid off of running for the rest of the week. Sunday morning I got up early and headed to the start line. In the past 5 weeks, the farthest I had run was 6 miles. But I had completed a 9 miler before the injury.
After all is said and done, it was a great experience. My time was slow 3:02, but I did complete it and did it injury free. I didn't say pain free b/c there was pain associated with it (my toes and butt)! It was a better experience than I could have imagined. The race was well organized. There was plenty of locals that came out to support. There were bands every 1 1/2 miles and cheer squads and tap dancers. It was a blast.
I have 2 pair of running shoes Saucony & Brooks. My Saucony are a 1/2 size too small, but are more comfortable than my Brooks. So, I ran my 1/2 in them. When I came back and started training for this next half, I took to the road in my Brooks for a 3 miler. the pain was there almost immediately. I went home, put on my Saucony and went out for another 2 miles and there was no pain. After all this trouble, it was a pair of SHOES! Aren't they supposed to be a woman's bff?! I went to a specialty shoe store and that's what they gave me. I'll be back though for another pair. These Saucony are hurting my toes!
Thanks for listening to my ramblings!