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Old 02-14-2007, 03:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wierd Running Problem

For the past week I've been trying to run for some stamina on the treadmill. I can't run for too long though, because my shins start burning. The rest of my body (my lungs, heartrate, etc) is fine and if it weren't for my shins, I could go on much longer. My friend told me that it was a shin splint and I should stop running for a while.
The thing is, when I run on terrain, everything is perfectly normal. I even forgot I wasn't supposed to run (we run regulary in my martial arts classes, for obvious reasons).

Anyone know the problem? Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You may be getting shin splints from running on uneven ground such as the treadmill. Read this it may help you out.Shin Splints and Shin Splints Treatment
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Old 02-14-2007, 03:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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running on terrain probably got you used to the softer feel of the grass, dirt, etc. and now that you've switched to the treadmill its just a harder surface and is rough on your shins. just ease into it and the shin splints will go away eventually. tough luck though man, i've been fortunate enough to never get splints. i hear they suck. good luck bro
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Old 02-14-2007, 04:28 PM   #4 (permalink)
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running on terrain probably got you used to the softer feel of the grass, dirt, etc. and now that you've switched to the treadmill its just a harder surface and is rough on your shins.
Yeah, I think you have a point there...at first, I was going to reply to that message by saying "Well, I run in my martial arts classes", but I realized a second later that we usually run on mats (hard mats that suck for breaking your fall, but they're easier on your feet).
Thanks for your advice bro, I'll try to slowly progress.
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You may be getting shin splints from running on uneven ground such as the treadmill. Read this it may help you out.Shin Splints and Shin Splints Treatment
Thanks a lot. Some very useful information.
"Other overload causes include:

Exercising on hard surfaces, like concrete;
Exercising on uneven ground;
Beginning an exercise program after a long lay-off period;
Increasing exercise intensity or duration too quickly;
Exercising in worn out or ill fitting shoes; and
Excessive uphill or downhill running. "

That could be it. I used to run at the Y all the time a year ago. I've gotten a bit lazy and fatter and haven't really gotten much running into my day. That might be it. Thanks for the site, I appreciate it.
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Running on hard surfaces is bad for your knees and ankles. I'd deffo advise that you join a running club, or go to your nearest track. The soft tracks are fine for running. I guess it depends on if the pain is in the bone or the muscle.
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i used to run on track and a bunch of my friends got shin splints, i was lucky not to. they said they sucked and hurt like hell. but after a couple months they went away. just wait it out and they'll eventually go away.
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When I was in high school wrestling we did a lot of running.. the only thing that hurt was my shins and it got to a point where they'd bruise. I suggest buying some good running shoes and, also you might have flat arches on your feet. Thats what I have so I bought arch inserts at wal mart for about 6 bucks. Also running outside in the grass or dirt is much easier on your shins and knees opposed to running in the street, sidewalk, or tread mill. I hope this helps ou out.
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a lot of the time shin splints are caused by not stretching calves enough. make sure you do this and also you can stretch your shins by sitting w/your legs in front of you like you were going to stretch your hamstrings, except point your toes and lean forward as far as u can. I run 20-25 miles a week, more in a good week, and even then I sometimes have to stop and stretch my calves midway.

I end up putting ice on them once or twice a week if they hurt a lot.

hope this helps and don't blow off yr stretches!!!
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