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I started running in March 2012. Since then i have ran 2 half marathons, 2 10milers and several 10k. plus my first ever full marathon which i did last Sunday in Stratfrord (28th April 2013) which i will come to in a bit, perhaps i have gone abit quick in what I've done since starting running as i've had shin splints and did have on going calf problem which I did try to carry on running but decided to take 3weeks off from running and ended up cross training ready for my marathon after following advise from people on runners world which was i the right advise at the time.
I d like to share my story to help others that are thinking about running with Shin splints. Here it goes, last Saturday a day before my biggest race ever my full marathon for some reason deloveped shin spints again for reasons can't explain possibly from over cross training. The pain was in both my shins (a dull aching feeling) which naturally I very worried. So iced my legs at night removing ice at 2.30am the day of my big race before going to sleep for 3hours, waking up at 5.30am and my legs still ached but not as bad, I went on the internet on this and other sites and everyone said that I should'nt run with shin splints however i decided to give it ago because trained so hard in the gym due to having calf injury excepting not the last more than 3 mile. Anyway i started my Marathon at steady pace and my shin started hurting however every mile i ran the pain got less and less until at around 5 mile it was like i never had them. I finished my first marathon in 4.35.04 was very pleased as my previous longest run was 16mile but did struggle abit last 6mile but thats was nothing to do with calf injury or shin splints and was because i didnt manage to get in a few more long runs. I so nearly pulled out but so glad i didn't. Hope this helps anyone suffering shin splints close to raceday. It maybe different for you but running a marathon appeared to have sorted mine.