When I first got into the C25K plan I checked the Cool Running website and read all the information there.
There is the page with information (all kinds) about Aches & Pains (all kinds). What you're experiencing I believe is commonly called shin splints. I used to get them when I was younger, but haven't had that problem so far. I stretch out after running a lot. The right shoes and the right stretching, I believe, should help alleviate some of your pain. Check out that page, though. There's lots of good info on there.
Shin pain is pretty common with new runners...and even veteran runners, more than likely it's shin splints. You can't really "cure" them but you can do your best to ease the pain and they will eventually go away. But be careful, shin pain can sometimes be stress fractures and not just shin splints.
If the pain is sharp and/or it is very pin point and not just a general throbbing/aching in your shins, you may want to go to the doctor and let them have a look. If the pain is an aching, throbbing feeling that runs a good portion of your shin and it usually is both then it is more than likely shin splints. Also, shin splint pain tends to die down, sometimes even goes away when you're not actually running on them.
The R.I.C.E. technique helps me a lot whenever I get them (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). Also, some sort of anti-inflammatory pain meds help too (ibuprofen, naproxin sodium, etc.).
I've been running for about 18 years now, sprinting through high school and college and distance running now and I have had shin splints just about since I started, so I've tried everything to help them, and in all that time and pain I've learned that R.I.C.E., meds and just plain running through them is the only way to conquer them.
Good luck and hang in there!
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I got them one year in high school. The running shoes I bought came with padded arch support inserts, so naturally I put them in. Turns out, I probably didn't need them. After I started getting bad shin splints, I took them out, and the shin pain went away. Could have been coincidental, but like mentioned before, shoes really has a lot to do with shin pain.
I just started running again (literally, just last week) and so far I haven't had any pain. I'm inclined to think it may be your shoes.
Here's the link to a post I wrote that may help you:
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I am a new runner as well. I started running in May of this year and I started C25K three weeks ago. I had shin splints when I first started running and up through about two weeks ago (I wasn't running regularly until I started C25K). Usually my shins would hurt for a day or two after a run. However, I found that they didn't last as long or hurt as badly as my legs logged more miles. Now I'm on W3D2 and other than some minor soreness in my shins during the first minute or so of a run, my shins are fine. So long story short, this shouldn't last always--or at least it won't be as painful as it is now.
I would also suggest slowing down a bit. I've read (and I'm sure some of the links others have shared have said the same) that shin splints in beginning runners are usually a sign of overexertion, so you might want to consider slowing down. Perhaps you should slow your pace and/or decrease the duration of your runs. Doing this should help ease the pounding you're putting on your body. Once your body gets more acclimated to running you can speed up and/or increase your distance.
Hope that helps.
I found this video very helpful with my running form and shin splint issue!!
Also after reading about running barefoot, I did W3D3 again today BAREFOOT on my treadmill at home and what a difference..NO SHIN pain At ALL and before it was agony to get through the run!! It forced me to land correctly on my feet and not on my heel. Other than a little irritation on the balls of my feet from being barefoot on the rubber, my run was easier, faster and NO PAIN!! I'm going to try it one more time tomorrow (with running socks on this time) to get the feel of the feet placement again then start W4 Wednesday with my shoes on and running outside...see if I can't keep myself from landing heel first... I'm so excited now ha!
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