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I would be grateful for some advice on injuries/gait/trainers. This may be long winded and I apologise in advance!
Basically, I started running in March 2012 - outside road running. For some reason, my friend roped me into doing the Great Manchester Run 10k which was in May 2012. We were happily running along the roads outside, not really knowing what we were doing, not following a training plan. We thought we were bloody brilliant and tried to run further and faster each time. I know you all know what is coming next - yup, I got shin splints, on my left shin.
At the time, I didn't really know what the pain was, so carried on running like a loon thinking it would all be ok! That was until the pain got so bad that I couldn't walk and the doctor told me I had shin splints and had a lengthy course of anti-inflammatories.
Unfortunately as I had sponsorship for the 10k, stupidly I ran with my leg strapped, doped up on codeine. As I had never trained past a few km, 10k took a LOT out of me and afterwards I could barely walk. I also had groin pain afterwards around my adductor/hip flexor area.
Anyway, I stopped running completely and rested for a couple of weeks. I then decided to join a gym so I could cross-train and try to strengthen my muscles without the impact of running. I did this for a few weeks, then tried to run on the treadmill again.
Basically now, I can do about 5 mins running and get terrible shin splint pain again! I have strentched, warmed up, done the alphabet with my toes etc etc but it keeps recurring.
I decided to go to Up & Running in Manchester today to have a gait analysis to see what the hell is wrong with my foot, expecting to be told I have weird feet. The gait analysis shows I have a neutral gait - I couldn't land straighter if I tried.
However, I researched my trainers which it seems are made for over-pronators. So, after all this lengthy text, what I am asking is - if I have a neutral gait, would wearing shoes for over-pronators cause these shin splints or I am best just giving up running forever
The lady in the shop said to me that I should wear Brooks Ghost 5 trainers and when I tried them, it was like running on air! My old trainers (for information) were Nike Lady Zoom Structure+ 15. I guess what I am saying is that I don't really want to shell out another £100 if the trainers make no difference.
I am sorry for the length of this - but would appreciate any advice or assistance as I have found that I absolutely love running and my goal is a marathon before I am 40, but at the moment I can't get down the road!