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How to stop your legs hurting?

Hey guys. I’m on week 3 run3 but it was really difficult. Not because of my fitness......although that is challenged, but because it is hurting my legs when I run. My ankles, knees and shins. Is there anything I can do? I have running trainers and was running on the grass instead of a path as this was better. But yesterday I had to stop as It was so sore. Any advise would be great. Thanks

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I have the same problem - I have been advised to have my gait checked which I’m going to do today ... hope it helps because I’ve just discovered I love running but the pain is spoiling it for me 😌

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Thanks I will check this out. I am exactly the same. I love running.....who knew!!😂 I hope you get it sorted. Let me know how you got on. X

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I will do 😊

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I would definitely get your shoes/gait checked. Do you do stretching exercises before and after? Also you could try some knee strengthening exercises?

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Thanks I will try these. I have been stretching more afterwards but will try before too. ❤️

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So just had my gait checked - I overpronate which can cause pain in the shins and knees ... recommended ‘stability’ shoes which I tried and they tested me again - definite improvement in the alignment of my feet! Proof will be later when I go for a run in my shiny new shoes!

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Fabulous. Don't forget a pic of your new shoes! We do love new running shoes 😁

Amazing what the right shoes can do for you👍

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Lol! Not sure how to post a pic on here but will let you know how I get on later 😄

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Hi, I've had shin pain too and lovely people on here recommended the same to me. Can I ask please, where do you go for the test and does it cost much ? Thanks very much and good luck with your new shoes :-)

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Had mine done at Runners Need, in Romford. cost nothing. Google gait analysis near me and you should get some suggestions 😊

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Ah thanks very much Jacqui !x

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So... run today with my new shoes... no shin splints, no knee pain! Why did I not get my gait checked before? Hope it continues 😊

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Gait analysis and getting supportive trainers really helped me sort out tight calves and other niggles.

If you are not stretching, stretch!

I also had a sports massage on my calf ( before my gait analysis) and that was really helpful

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If your running trainers were ones you chose yourself that might be the problem. There are running trainers and running trainers 😉 Get a gait analysis and go from there... I was shocked at having to pay £110 for proper running shoes after a gait analysis but they fit like a glove and I have had no leg pain since I bought them. They are worth every penny to run injury free x

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Thanks everyone for your replies. I have just googled where to get this done ,they are closed on a Sunday😢 but I will make a point of going this week. Thanks for your help. 🏃‍♀️

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