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Running and shins

What am I doing wrong if when running on a treadmill, my shins hurt? I have proper shoes and have run in the past. I have taken the last couple months off. Could it be the incline or just my body getting back into running?

Wed. Jan 3, 6:34pm

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What incline do you run on? I was told to have it at 1-2% as 0% is like running down hill.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 6:46 PM

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1.5-2.0 is that too high?

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 10:30 PM

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Shin Splints

Sounds like you have shin splints. I used to run track and at the start of the season half of us would get them!! It's usually casued by a sudden increase in the distance or intensity level that you run at. Look it up online--there's lots of information on the web about preventing and treating them. :)

Wednesday, January 03, 2007, 11:37 PM

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I have this problem as well. I thought I had good shoes but as soon as I got new ones from a running store that evaluated how I ran I noticed a huge improvement, actually the pain bacisally went away. Now I am trying to run longer and the pain is back. Taking it easy for a while should help. Ease yourself back into running. I make sure I give myself recovery days. If I want to exercise everyday I do something low impact every other day. Also being good about stretching my calves on a regular basis has helped a lot. I know how frustrating this can be. It's hard to hold yourself back when you feel like you can do more but when I run through the pain it just gets worse. I suggest the website coolrunning.com to learn more. Good luck! I hope your shins start feeling better!!

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 5:16 PM

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Another thing-- don't just jump onto the treadmill and start running right away-- I found that when I walked long distances, I would get shin splints if I started walking too fast too quickly. Instead, start at a slow pace to let your muscles warm up (about 5 minutes), THEN, stretch and do your running. It should help a lot!

From what I understand, it can actually be more harmful than helpful to stretch BEFORE warming up-- walk to get the blood flowing and muscles warmed up and then stretch and you will find yourself feeling better afterwards.

Thursday, January 04, 2007, 5:27 PM

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