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I have started and stopped this app several times and I am getting very FRUSTRATED! I get to week 2 (and I follow it with going every other day, wearing Reebok shoes for running) and I get shin splints! I could only run the first two intervals of week two, day two because it was getting more and more painful. This is the third or fourth time I have had gotten here and shin splints arrive!


I want to run, I crave it and look forward to it but the shin splints but a hold on it and I don't know what to do! I am trying to train for a Police Officer so I need to be able to run but this is just getting ridiculous!


What is it that I can do to stop the stupid cycle of starting and having to stop again, wait two weeks for the splints to heel and then start all over?! I'm not getting anywhere!

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Hello, I'm just returning to running after years of nothing regular. I'm a big guy and even when in good shape still push over 240lbs. I too have encountered shin splints at times and found the solution is to avoid pavement and cement. I seek out dirt roads mainly or dirt tracks, I use grass if not able to use dirt. I use cross trainer shoes instead of runners. For soreness I use tiger balm. Hope this helps.

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  • 5 weeks later...

I had a similar situation. Signed up for 5km class at the Running Room and made it three weeks before having to stop due to excruciating pain in my shins. The instructor suggested it was because I had started too quickly and that rest was best. I re-enrolled months later and paid again to have the same thing happen. This time I was told my shoes were the culprit. Although new, they weren't designed for pronation. So I rested up again, paid once more and spent $180 on shoe which I had fitted at the Running Room. Once again I did not make week 4. In utter frustration I went to a sport dr who discovered I actually had compartment syndrome which required surgery. The pain mimicked shin splint but ONLY while I was running, no pain when I wasn't exercising. If is similar for you, get your GP or physiotherapist to check. I'm now up to running for 30 minutes at a time!

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