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Hi folks, I'm new to the forum so a big hello to everyone!
Basically over the past 1-2 years I have had a lot of injury problems, mainly shin splints interspersed with 11 weeks out because of ITBS earlier this year. Then I got another bout of shin splints after trying to get back into running.
Now I'm back running again and doing some training for a 5km run in January. I'm so paranoid about getting shin splints again, I feel the need to constantly touch my shin and I feel like by doing so I'm making it feel more tender and sensitive, which then gives me the urge to touch it even more. I'm trying to ignore it but this is the issue...do I try to ignore? I have no sharp pains when planting my foot but for some reason I'm really paranoid about it. I'm desperate to get back into competing, it's very disheartening going to competitions and seeing all my friends competing and I can't because I'm not ready.
Also, is it better to ignore my shin after training or put ice on it as a precaution? I feel like by putting ice on it I may be telling myself there is a problem when there possibly isn't.
Any responses would be appreciated, I'm sure there might be a few people on this forum who have had a similar experience to me.