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I'm on W3D1 and since day one, have had shin pain when I run, is there something I can do to relieve the pain while running??

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Good shoes and stretching. Make sure you stretch well. The way it was described to me was the shin pain is the muscles pulling away from the shin bone. 

 

Try pointing your toes up against the wall with your heel on the floor and pushing against the wall (obviously one foot at a time).

 

You can also try a compression bandage on your shin. Will help keep the muscles nice and tight against the bone. I've not used one, though I use an ACE compression on my knee. 

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Guest Fiden

Maybe pushing with toes a little less and relax the foot during your kick a little while raising the knees a little higher in the stride may help

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Guest Eva0604

I recently started using kinesiology tape.... Best investment other than my runners....

Look up kt tape. I'm not sure how it works... But it does!

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Guest Aimee primus

I am on w8 d3 and I still get shin an calf pain, I am going to try that tape. I ran my first 5k for suicide awareness 2 weeks ago, it felt so good I can live with this pain a bit. Don't give up!

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Guest Scott zack

I have used the KT tape and didn't notice anything. Used for my shins and after shoulder surgery for some support. Not worth the money when u have to keep buying more. I'm going to just buy calf compression sleeve that does the same thing and u can reuse.

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Guest shante

Try not to strike the ground with your heels. Try to strike the ground with the ball of your foot. Heel striking causes shin pain too.

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Guest Shell

Your shoes are likely not fitting well. You are likely to get shin splints with ill-fitted shoes. At the very least, go half a size up for running shoes, and if you can, go a running store and get sized.

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Guest Minibab

Go to a running store and get sized and fit with shoes and possibly insoles. The right stability shoes and insoles plus compression socks have worked wonders for me. Just be prepared to spend some bucks... And never, ever, ever forget to stretch and possibly foam roll before and after every run. Good luck!

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Guest Minibab

Go to a running store and get sized and fit with shoes and possibly insoles. The right stability shoes and insoles plus compression socks have worked wonders for me. Just be prepared to spend some bucks... And never, ever, ever forget to stretch and possibly foam roll before and after every run. Good luck!

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Definitely take a look at your shoes.  As well as starting C25K recently I also cycle-commute, hike, do studio classes and dance, and I was using the same pair of trainers for all those activities.  I got shin splints in Week 2, not from running but from the dancing!  The midsoles of my shoes had lost all their cushioning after the repeated beatings I was giving them and therefore could no longer offer the support or cushioning I needed.  I swapped to a newer pair of trainers and the pain went away within a few days as I was now getting the right support. It may not be that your shoes are worn out, but even if they are new, if they don't offer the right kind of support for your foot you will get pain from them.

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I totally agree with FairyNuff. I'm in a bit of shin pain now. I wager that aside from the fact that my body thinks I've declared war on it with all this sudden activity, my shoes are a bit old and broken down and should be used for mowing the lawn only! I need to save up and get fitted for new ones, but didn't want to put off starting C25K because I was afraid I'd never start at all. I also remember hearing somewhere (someone correct me if I'm wrong) that you shouldn't use the same running shoes every day if you run daily? I imagine using the same shoes for multiple activities every day only speeds up the breakdown process.

 

Thanks Minibab for the stretching/rolling reminder. I may be pressed for time but cutting corners will only sideline me and destroy any motivational momentum I have!

 

-LBW

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Try not to strike the ground with your heels. Try to strike the ground with the ball of your foot. Heel striking causes shin pain too.

Funny that today I shifted my weight forward a bit while I ran and it "seemed" to ease the discomfort a bit. I thought it might be my imagination, but considered that my form might be wrong. Thanks for posting, I'll have to look into that. :)

 

-LBW

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