Hi everyone! I'm desperate to know if anyone else has gone through this. Last summer I started the C25K and got shin splints right off the bat. My excitement fizzled after not being able to keep moving forward with the program to reach my new goal.
Here I am again, ready to get in shape and I so desperately want to be a runner and I have shin splints again!!! I thought the whole point of the C25K was a program for those of us who are out of shape. So, here is a bit of my history... I am 40 years old, need to lose 40 pounds (good grief)! I haven't exercised much for 15 years. Just walking - not everyday - maybe once a week. Sometimes months go by and I haven't walked.
So, I need advice/encouragement. Do you think I am just one of those people who aren't "built" to run? What do you suggest I do? I've read other threads about shin splints but I haven't read any with someone getting them in week 1.
YES - You can do it! I am new to exercise and 100+ lbs overweight. I got shin splints my 1st week, they even hurt when I did water aerobics. Keep stretching. Somewhere between week 2 or week 3, they started to subside. Make sure you have good shoes, and talk to a trainer for stretches, etc. to avoid injury.
Try slowing down. The C25K is not about speed, it's about endurance. If during your run, you can go slower, do so. Speed will come later when you're lighter and have more miles under your belt.
Finished C25K - 9/29/09
Thanks Chaunaci - that really makes me feel so much better! I was just wondering... did you keep running through the pain? Is that how they finally went away for you? Luckily, I do have good shoes. I'll go back to the running store and get advice on stretches and such. Last night I put on the week 1 podcast and figured I'd either do the intervals or just walk through them. Well... when it was time to do the first 1 minute run, my shins hurt so bad I just walked. I don't think I can push through them. It even hurt a little as I walked - not too bad though. Now, I'm wondering if I should even be walking?
Hi AladdinSane. Thank you for the advice but let me tell you... speed is the last thing on my mind. I'm just happy if I can just run (jog) for the 1 minute intervals. LOL!
I was running with a group, so I just forced myself to keep going. I took Advil before my run, and after - lots of ice, and a frozen rolling pin rolled UP (not down) my calves helped. Again, be careful and get advice from a professional, stay injury-free!
I used to have shin splints right off the bat as well. My running store gave me the best advice to help. A lot of people get shin splints due to their stride. A longer stride will produce shin splints as well as landing on your heel. Ask your running store about proper running form. I had my store videotape my stride and found out a ton of info. My heel was always landing first which puts stress on the shins. My feet were not always landing straight forward, which put more stress on the shins. Their advice was to take very small strides and focus on landing on the entire foot rather than the heel. It took me about 3 to 4 runs before I got used to it, but since then my shin splints have all but gone away. I did buy new shoes as well. Google top 10 stretches for shin splints and do them faithfully for about 2 weeks and you will be surprised at the results. I also put Bio-freeze on my calves and shins before each run and then immediately ice after stretching 20 minutes per shin. Hope this helps.
I had shin splints and I didn't even know it because they aren't painful when I run, only when they are pushed on. My advice is to be careful and get assistance from a professional. I overpronate which caused the shin splints which are apparently what caused the 2 stress fractures I got last year. I have since gotten new shoes and had the inner soles adjusted for my feet. Ice is supposed to be good for them. There is a stick that you can purchase that you roll up and down your shin that's supposed to help. Strenghtening your calf muscles helps prevent them.
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I forgot to add about the "Stick" what a lifesaver. I use it right after I run and just rub it about 25 -30 times back and forth over each muscle area in legs and its amazing how much that helps. It cost me $25 and was worth every penny.
I just got over a nasty bout of Shin problems. I'm not an expert by any means, just another person who has the same symptoms so take this advice with a grain of salt. That being said, I iced every night while I tried to 'fight through' the pain to continue training. I don't recommend it. Next, I went to http://jackrabbitsports.com/ and got my run analyzed and bought some new shoes. I was sidelined for about 2 weeks, and last night was my first run. I felt great, no more pain and nearly a day later I still feel pain free. Moral of the story? Take some time off, then when you think you feel better, take a couple more days off. In that time, buy some great shoes with the advice of a pro shop. They did the analysis for free. after a cpl weeks off, you'll feel fantastic and raring to go. Good luck!
I had shin splints too when I tried running before! I am a heavy, out of shape, newbie, and it basically completely demoralized me into quitting.
Then a friend of mine who is a runner suggested I may have a) the wrong shoe for my kind of foot and stride, and b) poor technique.
I went with him to the running shoe store near my house and I had someone film my stride, and turns out I tend towards a natural foot strike, which is a good thing, but the kind of shoe I was wearing was impeding me from accomplishing it. I was fitted with a new shoe, and I started again, and I am now on week 3 with NO SHIN SPLINTS (though my calves are on fire).
Give this a try, and don't give up! I thought the shin splints were unavoidable but it turns out I was just wearing the wrong shoe.