Since I have gotten back into running after taking a long time off I have had issues off and on with my shins. I never had a problem before so this is new to me.
It seems that I can only get 2-3 good days of running in before my shins hurt. I really want to get more in if my body will let me.
I have run in 3 meets and my shins do not bother me at all when competing; its only when I train which I find odd.
The pain started at the front of my shins but is now localized to the insides of both legs. It is very specific and I can find the point on both legs where it hurts. It does seem to have gotten better than when I first started but it is not going away.
I last competed on saturday 4/18 and I do not plan to compete again until 6/7 (I run in open meets which can sometimes be pretty spaced out.)
My plan is to take this week off entirely from the track. Sunday and Monday following my meet I took off from everything. Tuesday, wednesday and thursday I plan to go to the gym and lift which will include sessions on a recumbent bike and work mostly upper body weights. Friday I plan to take off completely again due to my kids having their regional track meet. Saturday I would like to get back on the track.
Prior to this I was trying to run every day which probably did not help my shins. A lot of my workouts tended to be crap because I was trying to run through the pain. This time, I am going to start by running every other day for one week then the next week try adding an extra day then another day the next week and so on.
Icing has already been implemented as has taking ibuprofen (which I have since stopped stopped.) Following my workouts I will also start suplementing with protein. I am not sure what else I can do. I am really hoping this time away from the track will help.
Those that have had shin issues that are a bit older (over 25) how long would it take you to get over them or have they never really gone away for you?