Hi all I need some advice please.
I started running about 14 weeks ago as I am in training for my first marathon, London.
Everything was fine until two weeks ago when I completed my first half marathon as part of my training. I finished this okay but suffered the next day with sore shins. This continued for a few days and steadily got worse until I could not even walk. My right leg got better after about a week but the left one is still just as painful and I am unable to run. I went and saw a Physio in the week who diagnosied shin splints, she recommended rest, ice, massage and no running.
I went to the sweatshop to ask about trainers, they filmed me and have now put me in a over pronation show as my left foot turns from right to left in mid stride, they claim this will help the shin splints.
I also went and saw a podiatist who then told me I had short leg Syndrome. She measured my legs and she informed me that my left leg is shorter than my right by nearly two cm. I have suffered for over twenty years with a bad back and sciatica, all down the left hand side, also I put my SI joint out three weeks ago and my left knee is sore. All my injuries are on the left hand side of my body!! I am now having some orthotics made for my trainers at a stupid price but I dont have any options if I want to continue running. The podiatist tells me that I should be able to run in maybe two/three weeks and hopefully the orthotics, and new trainers should keep the shin splints away.
The other problem I have now is I cant run so I cant train. I am trying to subsitute crosstraing for running. When I run I burn 900 calories an hr and cover six miles. My logic tells me if I use a crosstrainer like this I can do my long runs like this, ie - six miles=900 calories/ 1hr, twelve miles= 1800 calories/2hrs and so on. Will this keep my fitness levels up and also how effective will this be??
Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.....