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Shin splints - time to stop running?

Has anyone else experienced Shin splints? Just completed my last run of week 3 run and they seem worse than ever. Looking at the NHS website it seems like they might be caused by (a) doing too much too soon - which is what I thought C25K was meant to prevent or (b) my flat feet.

Has anyone else experienced these? Did you stop for a while as the NHS suggests? How long?

This is the first time I've ever enjoyed exercise so really sad my body is rebelling. I might go swimming for a fortnight instead. But will be hard to train in the same way without the app!

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My mate got shin splints when he started running and decided to invest in some decent trainers. Now 3 yrs later and regular 10km runs he hasn’t had them since.... just a thought???

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I have some decent running shows that I got gait analysis for - so I don't think so!

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Check out this post..

healthunlocked.com/couchto5...

It is probably your shoes? Are you warming up really well and stretching after every run too?

We do get real aches and pains at the start.. sometimes by going too fast and sometimes because we land a little heavily...

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Thanks I got running ones with gait analysis - post looks useful thanks for that

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I think warming up more might be worth a try just been doing the warm up walk its says to do on the app

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Dynamic stretches before runs maybe useful...and after every run, stretching is essential😊

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I've had shin splints - just from fast walking. No longer a problem since I've changed Laura's 5 minute warm up walk to something err a little more dynamic! - think Monty python Ministry of funny walks interspersed with John Travolta waking along in Night fever!! Works for me, . . and my neighbours too. . who get a bit more excercise crossing the road to avoid me!!

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Oh BeccaMM you just made me laugh so much

😂😂😂😂😂

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Made me happy that you had a bit of a laugh:-) :-) :-) share the love x

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Hi joeLondon I'm just wondering if you are running too fast, and if your warm up walk is too fast too. I'd definitely give your legs a rest for a while and then (as well as all the other good advice you've had about shoes and stretches) set off much slower. You can build speed at a much later date (or not at all if you don't want to).

I was also given some really sensible advice about lacing my running shoes more effectively so that they were actually maximising their support.

I hope you get some relief soon.

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