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Hello and a happy new year to all, i have recently started running and alls fine except my shins, the bone feels like a block of wood no give, difficult to explain, its not hurting as such but it seems to confuse the rythm of my running, i can't take big strides,its like an ache, is this a beginners traite thanks
 

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Hello Paul, what are your trainers like? How long have you had them? Could be a possible source of a problem if you are new to running.
 

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It could be shin splints, you might want to go and see your GP. Otherwise I would recommend resting for a few days to see if that cures the problem.
 

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The dreaded shin splints pain is more like a constant hot pain along the front and insides of the shins which increases in intensity if you even try a little running. Normally, I rest up for 2 weeks when mine occur. I've also recently changed shoes (again) and started base training - so hopefully I'll be seeing the back of my shin splints for good.

I'd say your legs sound like they just need a rest, could be muscle fatigue.
 

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I'd forget going to the GP....very few know much about running injuries. Did you get your shoes from a proper running shop. Not all shoes are meant for all people.
Shin-splint pain is worse in the morning and can actually go away when runnning..if it's actute then even walking is very sore.

If in doubt see a good and recommended physio...or treat yourself to a sports massage and see if that clears things up.
 

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Big strides? Are you extending your leg forwards of your body? You sound (if this is the case) like you're over-striding. Try to land your foot closer to your body's centre of gravity is my recommendation. There is no need for "big strides". Try to maintain a cadence of about 160-180 strides per minute.
 
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