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I am a new runner who started running in December 2014, after signing up for the Bupa London 10k, which takes place two weeks tomorrow.
About a month ago, I started getting a bit of bruising pain on impact whilst running. I am familiar with shin splints - I had it as a teenager when I was growing and play a lot of netball. It disappeared whilst running. Around that time, I was running every other day, with a longer run on the weekend (between 5-10k @9-9.30min/mile), but a couple of weekends in a row, I did two long runs. The pain was then quite sore in both shins (left worse) after a 5k two weeks ago, and stayed generally whilst walking about for several days. On the advice of a physio friend and several websites, I took two weeks off running and cycled at the gym to keep up my cardio.
Yesterday I walked 12 miles on a visit to Paris with no pain, but have tired my legs and tightened/strained my calves walking in normal shoes. Today, I did two miles (wearing strapping and a support on my left shin - right is absolutely fine) and had a couple of really faint twinges in the left. When I took the support off/released the compression, it was a bit painful for a few minutes but quickly went. I then walked a friends dog and had a few twinges towards the end of the walk.
Tomorrow, I'm supposed to do my last long run before my big run in two weeks. It's a 5 mile race on road, but I'm concerned that I"m going to make the injury worse. I think I know the answer, but I'm just looking for some support. I have a tiny amount of tenderness around the mid and upper shin area - but it's so small.
Worried about getting a stress fracture, or even already having one, before my big race. I've done too much and come too far to not make it now. But equally would like to run tomorrow and feel I need to do the milage. But not if it jeopardises my race in two weeks...