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Old 08-01-2008, 01:39 AM   #1
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I used to be a runner. And I fully intend to be one again. But the reason I gave up several years ago was severe, intractable shin splints, which made even walking around the house painful.

So I was understandably reluctant to start up again. But I have. And thanks to my physio and the man at the running shop, my legs don't hurt! Well, they do in the usual muscular areas, but not down the front.

So what did I do? I went to a reputable shoe store, run by a podiatrist who is a marathon runner. He's been doing this for many years. He measured my feet, watched me walk around in my socks, then let me try on one pair of shoes. And they fitted perfectly!

My physio told me to walk down to our local sports oval and run/walk on the grass track. I'm not allowed to break out of a slow/medium walking pace on asphalt or concrete, and all of my fast work is done on grass. I warm up by walking down to the local track (about 1 mile, so it's a long slow warmup) and then stretch. Then the walk home is a great cool down.

So there you go. I've been doing this for 2 weeks now and am so far pain free. And this is despite being the fattest and most unfit I've ever been in my life.

Just thought I'd put it out there in case there are others suffering the same fate as me. Cheers!
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Old 08-01-2008, 05:39 AM   #2
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Woohoooo That's really great!! I'm sure that must feel so much better on a number of levels

It's interesting you wrote about running on grass. I've always wondered about running on concrete. I remember learning in physics class (yikes) that if you exert force on an object, there is an opposing force that is exerted right back to you. I'm definitely not up on my physics, but I think of that every time I think about running on concrete. Does the force of each footstep not send a force right back into the body through the feet, knees, hips, up the spinal column?
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That's exactly right. And the bigger the force you exert, the bigger the resulting reaction. So if you are overweight you will do far more damage than someone who is a healthy or lighter weight.
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I've read at runner's forums and in health magazines that the worst surface you can run on is concrete. Asphalt is actually preferable to it!
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That's exactly right. And the bigger the force you exert, the bigger the resulting reaction. So if you are overweight you will do far more damage than someone who is a healthy or lighter weight.
That makes sense. If someone's at a healthy weight, is the force small enough that it won't cause damage? It seems like a ton of force, but soo many people run.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:56 PM   #6
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You know at first when I exercised and my calves hurt, I blamed it on my cheap shoes. Hmmmm maybe I'll go get an expensive/quality pair

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