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I've started experiencing really painful lower leg pain over the last few weeks, shin splints I believe. I've no idea why, but it's crippling my running now. Today I set off for a 10k trot and got 3k in to it with lap times at 4mins 30secs, it was going well for me. Then the leg pain started. I was on the flat too. This continued for the next 7k where I actually slowed to walking a couple of times. Laps came down to 5mins 30secs and the pain got really quite uncomfortable.
I've been running for over a year and have clocked up some decent distances and times (5k in a tad under 22 mins, half marathon in 1h 42mins). I'm 43 years old and 10 and a half stone, so Im not carrying any excess weight but perhaps don't recover like younger runners. However, I don't have any aches or pains following exercise, which I indulge in most days and include running, swimming, the bike and gym/weight sessions. I run around 3 times a week, both on road and off. My footwear varies to suit the run, and I've actually replaced my old New Balance with a new set of Asics Gel Cumulous runners in an attempt to some the pain, which hasn't worked.
I thought the Xmas break from the gym (which includes some skipping, which I suspected May be the cause) might help, but it's made no difference.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.