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comment What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?
@BerinLoritsch - not many hills. Sometimes I do bridges and sometimes there are hills in parks, etc. - but that doesn't seem to have any effect. I always start out on flat ground and it usually happens very quickly, after a few blocks or so.
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comment What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?
@JohnP - I just ran a half marathon on Saturday so was training for that for the past few months. Typical week would be 2 short runs during the week (say Tuesday and Thursday), ranging from 3-5 miles each, and a long run on the weekend. This increased by one mile each week, peaking at 11 miles a couple weeks ago. I can't find any pattern though - it usually tightens up, and usually really early on (maybe 1/4 mile into the run).
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comment What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?
@JohnP - I am using the Mizuno Wave Elixir. I must have tried on 50 pairs last year and ended up loving these. I initially tried something a lot more minimal (NB zero) but kept having calf problems, so I switched to these which I think have about a 10 cm drop. I'm on my 2nd pair now, and am rotating them in. Over the past year I put about 250 miles on the first pair. But the same thing happens regardless of what pair I'm wearing, the 250 milers or the brand new one. I can't tell the difference really.
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comment What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?
@AkinOkegbile - Like I said, I appreciate the help, but even the page you linked to (foothealth.about.com/od/exercisefeet/a/ShinSplints.htm) says "Typically, the pain associated with shin splints is felt on the medial-posterior (inside-back) tibia", "Tenderness over the inside shin area (may start as a dull ache and progress to a sharp pain)", and "Pain is usually located 3-12 cm above the tip of the inside ankle bone." It seems pretty clear that what I'm talking about (purely muscular, on the outside of my leg) is not shin splints.
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comment Can I get sugar and electrolytes from natural sources, as opposed to goo, during a race?
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comment What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?
@Trungmanator - nothing like you mentioned, but sometimes my arches will feel a little sore while running (again, more on the left). Finally, I had some sort of injury last year, where the bone on the left side of my left foot (the 5th metatarsal I believe) started to hurt after a long run. The doctor couldn't find anything wrong however, and it hasn't returned since I began running again a few months ago. In general he said that if whatever I'm feeling doesn't affect my gait, and it's only "discomfort" and not "pain", then not to worry about it.
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comment What can I do to prevent my (outer) shins from tightening while running?
Unless there are two VERY different kinds of shin splints, then it's definitely not that. I had horrible shin splits when I ran in high school, and those felt like the bone on the inside of my shin was badly bruised (and from what I can tell, that's the tibia). This is on the outside of the tibia, and is distinctly muscular. Thanks for your answer anyway though!
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