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SLOWLY conquering W4

Had a good W4R1 many, many days ago, and then attempted R2 THREE times and had to give up each time because of terrible shin pain while running. I was going slowly and I was stretching, so I couldn't understand it. I stopped running for a bit and did other things instead, and today missed running terribly so tried a fourth attempt at W4R2 and success! I went slower than slow and pushed through the first bout of shin pain (which was nowhere near as bad as earlier) to see if it would go away and it did! Very pleased, I was scared I'd have to abandon running again. Onwards and upwards!

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Congratulations! Very well done...I'm happy for you. it's terrible to think of not being able to run 😱


Make sure you're well hydrated and you don't have an electrolyte imbalance, which can give aches & pains...


Well done for getting through it. Let us know if you ever get to the bottom of why the shin pain. I rarely have problems although running recently in cold had odd niggle in knee and hip. Also get this cycling. I know I have rheumatism (who doesn't) but then inexplicably it disappears after a few minutes.

The only thing I can think of why it is not as bad (will probably never go) is losing 3 stone over last couple of years.

The only time I think I have had pains in shins is sometimes if I have worn different or new shoes for a while. Perhaps different heel elevation or gait or something. I only wish I could understand why they come and go. I can only say that stopping the exercise isn't always the answer. Except if you are in a state where you just can't go on.


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