Help! Shin splints.
January 22, 2008 6:01 PM Subscribe
Help, I think I'm getting shin splints!
posted by Autarky to sports, hobbies, & recreation (11 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've started running recently, with the goal of [eventually] building up to a half marathon. I've done a few runs of about 3 miles, and I have the same problem every time.
For the first, say, mile and a half I'm feeling great, then as the run wears on I start to feel a sort of burning in my shins (and sometimes ankles). It gets worse as the run goes one. It goes away not too long after I stop running, but my shins feel kind of sore for a day or two (I'm not running every day, mainly about 3-4 times a week with cross training).
Also, today for the first time I had another problem. About 2-2 1/2 miles into my run I had this weird sensation in my foot, like something was pressing my nerve or something. It basically went away as soon as I stopped running and hasn't bothered me since, but it's a little worrying. My unofficial analysis says that I have moderately high arches and supinate (my shoes get worn along the outside edge)
A few ?s:
Am I correct in guessing that I'm developing shin splints?
If so, what should I do? I know everyone says go to a proper running store, and I'm working on that, but it's going to be very hard. I go to a college in a very rural (read 20 miles from walmart) area and I don't have a car. What other things can I do to help myself?