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Getting back into Running

  • 03-09-2019 11:06am
    Registered Users Posts: 11 alice14

    Hi, I used to run regularly when I was 17-19, never very seriously just to keep fit. But I ran consistently for about 2 years, never really had any injury concerns or issues.

    Since then I’ve largely gone to the gym a few times a week to keep fit but I’ve wanted to take up running again.

    3 years ago I tried to start running again, I know I did too much too soon and within 2 weeks I’d given up due to pain in my knees and also on the inner side of my shins.

    I’m 26 now and would like to take up running again, I went for 3 slow runs last week, just 2-4 km and I am already experiencing slight pain in my inner calf/ shin again (from googling it looks like shin splints).

    I was just wondering if anyone had any advice (not medical advice re the shin splints) but is what I did last week really doing too much too soon? I have a reasonable base of fitness, I wouldn’t say I’m super fit but definitely not unfit so I thought that something like Couch to 5k was not really necessary and I would be bored. But should I have started off with that? I’m just wondering if I should stop running altogether until this (very minor pain) goes away or can I keep going with the very short distances.

    Or should I just go to a physio...

    Apologies if this veers into medical advice. I’m really just looking to see if I should have started off with a run/ walk strategy and where I should go next.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,690 ✭✭✭ ReeReeG

    You could try running on grass to start with maybe? Would be easier on the legs than the pavements.

  • Registered Users Posts: 57 ✭✭ Anbocmorrua

    I'd give it a while to see if the pain subsides then start again.

    Couch to 5K is a real winner. Starting too fast is the #1 mistake folks make when starting running - you have the rest of your life to really smash it. Doing a couch to 5k programme at your local running club, if one exists, is an even better option.

    Well done for getting out there. Don't despair. You'll get there soon enough.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,061 ✭✭✭ cjt156

    +1 for Couch to 5K. I was like you, did too much starting back to running. Pulled muscles and blisters; running too far when I felt good, stopping short if I felt off.
    Finally I decided I needed some structure and used the NHS C25K app, with Laura and the TERRIBLE music. I thought that it would be too basic for me so I jumped ahead to week 3 and took it from there.
    It really works.

  • Registered Users Posts: 409 ✭✭ clickhere

    I would just say if you are going back running, invest in a proper pair of running shoes. All the other gear can be cheap as chips. It is one investment you won't regret. I learned the hard way. 🀣

  • Registered Users Posts: 37 eoin317

    I did the exact same as you and it was the same shin splint issue. Only good thing is that the pain goes away quick enough once you stop/walk.

    Best thing that worked for me was to buy good shoes, tie shoes properly and then increase slowly run on run. Stopping every once and a while is no harm as well.

    Fair play for getting back out there, not easy at the start but gets better!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11 alice14

    Thank you for all of your responses :) I really appreciate them.

    I think I will try the couch to 5k and maybe start from week 2 or 3.

    I just don’t know whether I should wait until the niggles that have appeared completely go away or hope that the couch to 5k is gentle enough that they won’t get any worse.