> What you are experiencing appears to be shin splints. I got them when I
>first started back out four years ago after a long layoff.
> I recommend you take a look at the shoes you are running in. First of
>all are they running shoes? If they are not, then I recommend you invest in
>a decent pair of running shoes even if you are only going to run a couple
>of days a week.
> Take the shoes you are presently using to a running store (don't go to
>a regular sporting goods store) and have the people there evaluate your
>running style by examing your shoes. They will be able to recommend the
>model of running shoe that would best fit your needs.
> Changing my shoes cured my shin splint pain four years ago, and I
>presently run 25-45 miles per week and have completed two marathons. I am
>about to start training for next year's Boston Marathon which I recently
> Good luck with whatever you do, and happy running.
Another consideration (I'm guessing as I don't have the original posting)
is that your legs simply aren't used to the sudden increase in exercise.
It happened to me when I started running.
There are many small muscles in the shin area, which function to keep your
foot stable. When you start running, they are untrained, and are likely to
become fatigued easily. Because they are so small, the soreness you usually
associate with larger muscles is very localised and feels like a sharp pain.
If you ignore it, you may end up damaging these muscles.
Take it easy, run well within yourself. Use the "talk test" which is, if
you can't hold a conversation, you're going too fast. Don't train hard
two days in succession: let the second day be an easy one. Easy stretches
before and after (NO bobbing, just let the muscles feel slightly stretched
and hold it 20 seconds, if you stand on one leg for that long :-)
Checking your shoes, as advised by the previous poster, is good advice.
Then, when the pain goes, think about increasing the mileage/speed/difficulty
of the training sessions, but even then, be prepared to back off if the pain
For me, that was ten years ago and I still run 25mpw and a few marathons.