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Shin splints and calf pain

bluebug322011-12-03 15:16:32 +0000 #1
I'm primarily a cyclist, but like to do some running in the fall/winter. Even if I start off very slowly with a run/walk program, I get sharp pains on the sides of my shins. I'll also get pain and trigger points on the insides of my legs, where my leg makes the 90 degree bend. I run in newer running shoes and recently bought a pair of five fingers shoes, not for running, but just for walking/cross training. If I wear them for too long, I'll experience the same pain. I also have some pain in my upper calf when I run, just below the knee, something I get when I overexert myself on the bike.

Any ideas or exercises I can do to strengthen the area?
jessmarimba2011-12-03 15:30:58 +0000 #2
Just to get a little more info from you, what is your running form like? What part of your foot strikes first? Do you make a lot of noise or feel a lot of impact? How is your stride length?

While some people can just go out and run and not have pain no matter what their form, for some people a detailed analysis of how they're running is just as important as a good bike fit. It could be that you don't "naturally" run in a way that is ideal for your body. I'm trying to guess what is causing the pain you're may not need exercises as much as an adjustment in what you're doing.
bluebug322011-12-03 15:36:20 +0000 #3
I think I strike on the heal or mid-foot and I'm guessing my strides are on the long side. I try to make them shorter, as that seems to make my calf happier.

I guess much of running is just easing into it, right? It always feels like such a tougher workout than biking!



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