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I have literally just started out in the world of running having not done any physical exercise for many a year and currently being about 2 stone overweight. As I don’t have much money, I decided that hitting the road was the best option.
I have started a simple beginners running program which I found on the internet which consists of:
Week 1: Walk 6 min - Jog 1 min x 3
Week 2: Walk 5 min - Jog 2 min x 3 etc etc
From my very first run, I have been suffering from shin splints, which was just about bearable in Week 1. Last night was my first attempt at running for 2 minutes. As soon as I started jogging they flared up again, but after the 2nd 2 minute run, they were so painful that I couldn’t even walk.
It felt like two blocks of concrete were packed into my shins and I couldn’t move my legs. I rested for about 30 seconds and was able to continue until the end, but it really hurt. However, as soon as I got home and rested, the pain was gone within seconds and they feel fine again this morning.
I am running on Mon, Wed & Fri’s and having the weekend off, so getting the 24 hours rest in between each session at least, but as soon as I started running tomorrow, I know they will flare up again instantly.
It’s annoying as I feel like I have the fitness levels to do more jogging in a session, but with my legs doing this as soon as I start, I’m not able to achieve very much.
Is this likely to subside (I know its very early days yet) or does it sound like something more serious?