Newbie Question - Pain

Newbie Question - Pain

Post by John DeRos » Fri, 18 Aug 1995 04:00:00


I just started excercising this summer for the first real time in my life.
A friend of mine walks and runs so I joined along.  Walking is no problem,
I walk about 3-4.5 miles about 4 times a week.  I have been trying to
walk a while and then run a while so that I can get my stamina up and not
cause any problems by trying too hard right out of the gate.

My problem is that whenever I run, I feel pain in my lower shins to the
point that I cannot run too long at all.  Does anyone know what is happening
here?  I usually run on asphalt.

I am 42, 5'10" and 175lbs (maybe overweight by 10-15 lbs).

Thanks for any information that you might have.
--
=  Enjoy!          John DeRosa, Motorola, Inc, ESMR Development  =


 
 
 

Newbie Question - Pain

Post by John DeRos » Fri, 18 Aug 1995 04:00:00

I just started excercising this summer for the first real time in my life.
A friend of mine walks and runs so I joined along.  Walking is no problem,
I walk about 3-4.5 miles about 4 times a week.  I have been trying to
walk a while and then run a while so that I can get my stamina up and not
cause any problems by trying too hard right out of the gate.

My problem is that whenever I run, I feel pain in my lower shins to the
point that I cannot run too long at all.  Does anyone know what is happening
here?  I usually run on asphalt.

I am 42, 5'10" and 175lbs (maybe overweight by 10-15 lbs).

Thanks for any information that you might have.
--
=  Enjoy!          John DeRosa, Motorola, Inc, ESMR Development  =



 
 
 

Newbie Question - Pain

Post by Daniel Fasu » Fri, 18 Aug 1995 04:00:00



Quote:
>I just started excercising this summer for the first real time in my life.
>A friend of mine walks and runs so I joined along.  Walking is no problem,
>I walk about 3-4.5 miles about 4 times a week.  I have been trying to
>walk a while and then run a while so that I can get my stamina up and not
>cause any problems by trying too hard right out of the gate.

>My problem is that whenever I run, I feel pain in my lower shins to the
>point that I cannot run too long at all.  Does anyone know what is happening
>here?  I usually run on asphalt.

>I am 42, 5'10" and 175lbs (maybe overweight by 10-15 lbs).

>Thanks for any information that you might have.

  Four suggestions:

  a)  Make sure you're wearing running shoes of reasonable quality.
      Good vs. bad shoes can make all the difference in the world.

  b)  Warm up thoroughly before running.  Go through a complete stretching
      routine and even add some light aerobic exercises to warm up your
      muscles.  The latter is especially important, at least to me,
      if I've been largely inactive all day and then try to go running.
      Getting the feeling of lethargy out of my system prior to running
      by shooting baskets, doing kata, or whatever makes me feel 100%
      more comfortable during the critical first few minutes of a run.

  c)  Try running on a softer surface.

  d)  Make sure you're relaxed while you're running.  You could be keeping
      your feet and lower legs too rigid.  If you know any knowledgeable
      runners, have them evaluate your form.

  Good luck!

Dan

Quote:
>--
>=  Enjoy!          John DeRosa, Motorola, Inc, ESMR Development  =




 
 
 

Newbie Question - Pain

Post by Fred Anderso » Thu, 24 Aug 1995 04:00:00

John:
    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
qualified for.
    Good luck with whatever you do, and happy running.
 
 
 

Newbie Question - Pain

Post by Roy Lak » Sat, 26 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Quote:

>John:
>    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
>qualified for.
>    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
should recur.

For me, that was ten years ago and I still run 25mpw and a few marathons.