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#1 Captain Aerosex

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:54 PM

So I've been doing these 15k runs Sunday through Thursday for the past 3 weeks in an attempt to keep myself in shape while at school, and I started to feel this dull throbbing pain on the inward side of my shins. It'd be worse mostly right after a run, be a dull ache the rest of the time. It kept getting progressively worse each day, so I decided to not play soccer yesterday and make it a complete day off exercise. But last night I had to run down a bus and it really amplified the pain to the point where it was actually hurting to walk, not just like the ache it had been.

Are there any more medically astute individuals here who have advice or diagnoses or what have you? I don't want to have to go to a doctor if I don't have to. I also don't want to have to stop running for long, but I equally don't want to screw myself up and be out with something worse for a long time.

For what it's worth, I'm 18, male, about 6'3, 170 pounds. I'm pretty lanky, and I've got really flat feet (size 13.5 if that matters). The shoes are kind of old, but they have arch support. The only major leg injury I've had was a really bad sprain in my left ankle last year. And though I'm a pretty good runner, running this much is something I just started this month.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 06:56 PM

Sounds like shin splints to me (at least how you described it). Try different shoe if you have training shoes as opposed to running shoes.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:01 PM

Sounds like shin splints to me (at least how you described it). Try different shoe if you have training shoes as opposed to running shoes.


I'm afraid all I have are my running shoes, casual shoes, and flip flops. And as a student, all my money is tied up so I can't really afford new shoes.

Thanks for the diagnosis though. Have a term to match to the pain now.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:03 PM

I'm afraid all I have are my running shoes, casual shoes, and flip flops. And as a student, all my money is tied up so I can't really afford new shoes.

Thanks for the diagnosis though. Have a term to match to the pain now.


I mean training shoes basically give you shin splints during running. I said that because I've made that mistake before. :picard:
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:05 PM

I mean training shoes basically give you shin splints during running. I said that because I've made that mistake before. :picard:


OK, I misunderstood. But at least the shoes aren't the problem, I don't want to shell out on new shoes.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:07 PM

OK, I misunderstood. But at least the shoes aren't the problem, I don't want to shell out on new shoes.


I wasn't too clear :). But shin splints are a pain. Ice and rest like anything else.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:12 PM

I wasn't too clear :). But shin splints are a pain. Ice and rest like anything else.


Yeah I looked it up and it doesn't sound too bad just as long as I stay off it a little. Thanks for the help :)
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:00 PM

Ya, I'm a runner as well, had similar pains. Took 2 weeks off and brought new running shoes - haven't had pain since. It's all about the shoes.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:43 PM

OK, I misunderstood. But at least the shoes aren't the problem, I don't want to shell out on new shoes.


Shin splints seem like a very possible and common diagnosis for this problem with runners. The shoes still may be a cause or factor if the cushioning/stability has worn out as they do over time/use or if they are an improper fit.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:07 PM

What is the reason you don't want to see a doctor...?
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:29 PM

Your shin splints are a either from junk /worn out shoes, or a rapid increase in training intensity and duration.

I'm pretty much addicted to trail running, its a lot easier on your joints and shins, you should take it up!

Btw what shoes are you currently running in?
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:42 PM

Your shin splints are a either from junk /worn out shoes, or a rapid increase in training intensity and duration.

I'm pretty much addicted to trail running, its a lot easier on your joints and shins, you should take it up!


Btw what shoes are you currently running in?


Saucony Hurricane 13s. I'm running trails too, but I do spend 5k running on road to get to/from the trails. There is a set of stairs too, goes about 200m up.

What is the reason you don't want to see a doctor...?


3 midterms this week, working. Don't have much free time, I'd like to hold onto that if I can.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:53 PM

Seeing a doctor probably wont help much unless you have a very knowledgeable doctor sports medicine.

Youll most likely get the standard RICE action plan.

Shin splits are a bitch. I got a bad case of them during pre season of one of my Jr A lacrosse seasons and couldnt afford to take rest. Got worse and worse.

Stop running on cement. Try to run on softer surfaces and of course good shoes.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 09:59 PM

In addition to the other suggestions, make sure your calves are stretched properly.
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Posted 29 September 2012 - 10:14 PM

Yep, sounds like shin splints.

I don't know if you can afford the time, but perhaps walking the parts that have concrete might be a healthier option for now.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 12:40 AM

Hrm. Be careful. I had a weird shin thing a while ago. It hurt a decent amount when I ran but was significantly worse when I walked. It took a month of cutting off pretty much everything (I don't do water so swimming was out) before I could even walk without pain again and another two before I could run. I had initially thought I just tweaked something so I powered through it for a couple days and I think that was the biggest mistake.
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 01:00 AM

15k runs 5 days in a row is terrible for you. You should really change your training regime, otherwise more problems will start to arise.

Your body needs rest more than anything right now.
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