Couch to 5K

Yikes

Last trot of week four, and boy my shins hurt. Had a very busy day of running around at work yesterday; a 14 hour shift complete with 10 minute lunch break pandering to 3 different surgeons made up what was supposed to be my rest day between runs! Feel a bit cross. Proper rest day tomorrow and no runs til Tuesday, hopefully that will see the dreaded splints on their way. Otherwise I'm going to have to have a proper tinker with the schedule which may mean... Running in the dark! Or worse....swimming!

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Ouch, shin splints can be very painful! What surface are you running on? If you're on pavement, you might find that finding a grass or gravel covered path for a few runs will help, as there'll be less stress on your shins.

As for swimming - who says it has to be either/or? Swimming is great :) :)

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Bazza posted an interesting video on heel striking which I guess could cause shin splints. Not nice though when I first ran in my new shoes I had some twinges but the last couple of runs have been okay. Good luck

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Well I am in new shoes, they feel pretty comfy but maybe my feet are still getting used to them! Thanks folks x

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Hot baths all the way ;) hopefully the shins ease...mine hurt for a few weeks at the start but it passed so fingers crossed x

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Cheshiregal! Did you get round Hyde Park. X

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Not yet ;) I'm due to do my last c25k run on the 1st of feb in London...I'm currently still slogging round Tatton Park!

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I have pain in my shins and knees, and am trying running on land and in the water, are you doing that to stop the shin pain. Work is really annoying, it stops us having the time to get healthy

I am doing the 12 week Challenge as well to lose weight, finish week one on Sunday, and need to get into Couch to 5k now, but it hurts

any ideas anyone, I can't swim, but could run in the swimming pool

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I had shin splints they are awful. Ibruprofen and RICE. I was given a good little tip too bu someone here, put damp tea towels in the freezer, then you can wrap your legs for the ice bit. Hope you feel better soon x

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Running in the dark can be joyous; I saw field mice and heard (hungry?! Poor mice!) tawny owls last time; felt like I was running through a children's book. Magic.

Hope you feel better soon.

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