3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Fitness > Exercise!

Exercise! Love it or hate it, let's motivate each other to just DO IT!

Runners (shin splints?)

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-26-2013, 11:41 AM   #1
Warrior Princess
 
novangel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,023

S/C/G: 155+/143/138

Height: 5' 5.5"

Question Runners (shin splints?)

I'm a noob to jogging but I started back in the fall and without fail I get achy shins which recover after about a day or two, but I also experience (which is the worst!) bad sore spots on the inside of my lower legs, near the bone about 4 inches above the ankle. If I press on it, it feels like a nasty bruise but there's no visible bruise. Shin splints? They normally calm down within a day or two but I would like to be able to run more than one day in a row. What can I do, or what am I doing wrong? I aim to run about 20 miles a week...or at least try to but my legs get too pissy. I have better luck with the treadmill, when I run outside on concrete my legs are over with. I don't know if it matters but I'm 38.

Ice after? Insoles for better shock absorbency? Wrap my legs with tape like a horse? I want to be a more consistent runner.

I'm posting a pic of the actual shoes I wear which are Skechers (they're only a few months old, indoor use only) but are for running. Please don't tell me I'll have to spend $200 on a new pair of Nike's.

All input in this department much appreciated.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg skech475004_162455_fs.jpg (3.7 KB, 2 views)
__________________






Last edited by novangel : 01-26-2013 at 11:46 AM.
novangel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 12:21 PM   #2
Heading Downtown...
 
TripSwitch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: New York
Posts: 1,365

S/C/G: 225/165/150

Height: 5'7"

Default

It could just be a simple over use issue in which case it will just take time to build up to the level that you want to run at... but it could also be a shoe issue or biomechanical, or even a combination of these...

Have you ever had your running gait looked at... Do you overpronate? Underpronate? I'm not going to tell you run out and buy $200 Nike's... But the suggestion I would have is to look into a well cushioned running specific shoe that takes into account your biomechanics and running gait... the right running shoe really can make a big difference, but in the mean time running on softer surfaces and not running on consecutive days would probably be wise at this point...
__________________

Last edited by TripSwitch : 01-26-2013 at 12:22 PM.
TripSwitch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 12:46 PM   #3
Warrior Princess
 
novangel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,023

S/C/G: 155+/143/138

Height: 5' 5.5"

Default

Quote:
Have you ever had your running gait looked at... Do you overpronate? Underpronate?
Good question. I have actually wondered many times if I was running "wrong" and it feels as though I might be. I find myself trying to adjust my gait while jogging because I feel as though I'm not extending my legs enough (possibly as I get tired) so my steps feel shorter which probably creates more impact...if that makes sense. Is there a Youtube video about this, or how do I find out if I have a proper gait?

I can't believe I'm wanting an instruction guide on how to run.
__________________





novangel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
Foodie For Life
 
NolaMama's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2012
Posts: 75

S/C/G: 192/ticker/140

Height: 5'6"

Default

To OP, I second what TripSwitch suggests.

You need to go to a shoe store the specializes in running. They have well trained people there that will ask you to take off your shoes and they will watch you walk. If you do pronate inward or outward, they make shoes specific for your needs. There really is no "correcting" how you run or walk. In fact, I would think that trying to correct something that comes natural to you is only going to make your legs feel worse during a run. Before you go out and spend a ton of money on just any shoes you need to determine what shoe is right for you. Google a runner's specialty store in your area.
__________________
Ultimate Goal:


Mini Goal:



"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away."
NolaMama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 02:55 PM   #5
Becomming a Monster
 
slimmingsi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Uk
Posts: 1,320

S/C/G: 329/253/210

Height: 6'0

Default

General rules if you train regularly 3x a week or more. you should change your shoes maximum every 6 months. if you weight in at 200+ its more like every 3-4.

Seconly get a good sports massage. this will highlight knotted muscles and tightness which is probably affecting your running. a good sports therapist will also be able to give you good advice on if you have shin splints. there are usually 2 types. 1 type is actual splintering of the bone the = a very long rest up period like months. 2 the muslce on the shin starts to tear away from the bone causing pain and swelling.

How do you run? are you a heel striker? i.e does your heel strike the ground first? if it does this is very bad news.

seriously get a decent sports therapist in to check you out work on those legs they will usually identify some muscular weakness somewhere and give you exercises to strengthen them. You may find that its nothing to do with gait or shoes but merely tightness of muscles causing tension.
__________________
To infinity and beyond!
Target
Goal
slimmingsi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 03:05 PM   #6
Warrior Princess
 
novangel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,023

S/C/G: 155+/143/138

Height: 5' 5.5"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by slimmingsi View Post
General rules if you train regularly 3x a week or more. you should change your shoes maximum every 6 months. if you weight in at 200+ its more like every 3-4.

Seconly get a good sports massage. this will highlight knotted muscles and tightness which is probably affecting your running. a good sports therapist will also be able to give you good advice on if you have shin splints. there are usually 2 types. 1 type is actual splintering of the bone the = a very long rest up period like months. 2 the muscle on the shin starts to tear away from the bone causing pain and swelling. D:

How do you run? are you a heel striker? i.e does your heel strike the ground first? if it does this is very bad news.

seriously get a decent sports therapist in to check you out work on those legs they will usually identify some muscular weakness somewhere and give you exercises to strengthen them. You may find that its nothing to do with gait or shoes but merely tightness of muscles causing tension.
All good advice that I will follow. Thank you.

I will have to pay attention to if I am a heel striker or not but I don't think so. I also have no problem getting a good sports massage.
__________________






Last edited by novangel : 01-26-2013 at 03:07 PM.
novangel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 03:06 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: California
Posts: 140

S/C/G: 235/ticker/135

Height: 5'4

Default

As other have said, I highly recommend getting fitted for a running shoe. I spent a fsir amount under $200 after getting fitted, and even then the only reason I paid so much was I needed some of the more expensive inserts, which did not surprise me because my arches are scary high. I was CONSTANTLY getting shin splints and ankle pain from my old (expensive) running shoes, and I have not had any issues since getting fitted. I went to my local Fleet Feet store and was very happy with the results. I know each location probably varies, but they get two thumbs up from me!

Additionally I find if my shins or ankles do get just a smidgen sore, taping always helps. I am a frequent taper due primarily to my CrossFit activities, but it can help with running as well. For a very user friendly tape I always recommend RockTape or KT Tape Pro. In my experience rock tape holds up better, but the KT Pro is usually easier to get access to.

Last edited by ParkTrot : 01-26-2013 at 03:09 PM.
ParkTrot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 03:10 PM   #8
Warrior Princess
 
novangel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Illinois
Posts: 3,023

S/C/G: 155+/143/138

Height: 5' 5.5"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by ParkTrot View Post
As other have said, I highly recommend getting fitted for a running shoe. I spent a fsir amount under $200 after getting fitted, and even then the only reason I paid so much was I needed some of the more expensive inserts, which did not surprise me because my arches are scary high. I was CONSTANTLY getting shin splints and ankle pain from my old (expensive) running shoes, and I have not had any issues since getting fitted. I went to my local Fleet Feet store and was very happy with the results. I know each location probably varies, but they get two thumbs up from me!

Additionally I find if my shins or ankles do get just a smidgen sore, taping always helps. I am a frequent taper due primarily to my CrossFit activities, but it can help with running as well. For a very user friendly tape I always recommend RockTape or KT Tape Pro. I'm my experience rock tape holds up better, but the KT Pro is usually easier to get access to.
I plan to get insoles for extra shock absorbency and I will also look into the tape. Next time I will get fitted for sure.
__________________





novangel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2013, 04:41 PM   #9
Member
 
Lindsayanne716's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: British Columbia
Posts: 75

S/C/G: 230/204/140

Height: 5'

Default

My first thought is maybe you are wearing the wrong type of shoes for the type of running you are doing. I know there is a big difference between trail shoes and regular running shoes. I would suggest going to a real running store and investing in a really good pair of shoes so you don't end up causing long term damage to your joints, etc.

Someone once brought to my attention a way of running which is called "chi running" and it totally sounds ridiculous but makes sense. It teaches you to run in a way that is more like a "controlled fall". I don't know, like I said it sounds silly but look it up on YouTube... It supposedly lessens the impact on your joints
__________________



One for every 5 lb lost!

Lindsayanne716 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-01-2013, 07:51 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
augeremt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Colorado
Posts: 236

S/C/G: 224/ticker/140

Height: 5' 4"

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by novangel View Post
I have better luck with the treadmill, when I run outside on concrete my legs are over with.
Concrete is the worst surface you can run on, seriously. I had the same problems as you and my shin splints all but disappeared with a new pair of fitted shoes and running on a different surface.

Follow everyone else's advice about going to a running store. Get the free video analysis to see if you overpronate, underpronate, or anything like that and get a recommendation for the right kind of shoe for your gait. Then you can always buy that shoe online for cheaper.

Also, when running outside, try asphalt (that is, the road or a bike path) or any dirt trails or, better yet, grass. It's amazing what a difference even asphalt makes when compared to concrete.

Good luck!
__________________


My blog: http://augeremt.blogspot.com/
augeremt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What do you know about shin splints? Here we go again 20-Somethings 11 09-18-2008 09:40 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:25 AM.






Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2