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Hi, I started running about 3months ago and for a while I progressed ok, if perhaps a little too enthusiastically! Then I started to develop calf pain in my right leg only, so I went to a recommended sports shop and got my gait analysed and appropriate shoes fitted. These seemed to help a little but the pain didn't really get any better, and I just powered on hoping my legs would get stronger. Eventually I made a physio appointment for some advice and he said that I was likely developing shin splints from doing too much too soon (3classes, and 3runs a week- probably!), as well as suffering from overpronation. He didn't tell me to stop running which I was quite surprised at (having done a fair amount of research myself) but suggested I needed orthotics and said the shoes I'd been fitted with weren't supportive enough. As well as reccommending stretching more fully/regularly.
I was going on holiday at this point so decided to take some time off to let my legs recover. I was away for 3weeks and didn't run at all during that time, but did lots of walking,stretching.
When I returned I decided to do some cross-training to strengthen my muscles before I threw myself back into running- not on anyones advice, just my own thinking. However, despite my legs feeling much better whilst I was away and the pain disappearing I have only done one Pump class and 2 cross-training sessions before my right leg started aching whilst sitting at my desk at work today.
1. Any tips as to how I can get back into running as I really enjoyed it when I was doing well and I would love to progress properly!
2. Do you think I should seek a second opinion other than my physio? I want to trust his experience in his profession but the fact that he says I was fitted with the wrong shoes and that he didn't tell me to stop running with shin splints make me sceptical, perhaps wrongly! Maybe the sportshop were mistaken with their analysis.
Any other advice greatly appreciated Thanks, Beki