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So on my run on monday I started getting mild shin muscle tightness during the run (only 2.5km easy as I'm changing my form). I tried rolling the muscle (on an improvised glass bottle wrapped in a towel – not a good idea?) and noticed that from time to time there was a more localised mild throb on the lower shin. The throb is not constant (maybe once every 15 minutes if I even notice it) and only lasts a second or two. I can find a point on the bone where if I press pretty hard it hurts a bit but nothing much at all. I went running this morning and no particular pain (just maybe the odd twinge, but I was being particularly attentive to it). Again, just the odd throb from time to time. Maybe I just rolled the bone by mistake?
Obviously, if this is the beginning of a stress fracture it is clearly very very mild. I'm taking 2-3 days off (off to a conference and thought I'd take the opportunity to give the legs a rest) and then run again and see if it is still there/gets worse. At this stage, does this sound like it could be the early signs of a stress fracture? Because the pain (when it is there) is so mild, I'm assuming it's not worth being too bothered about, right? It's the fact it's localised that makes me even slightly concerned.
Feel free to tell me I'm being a wimpy hypochondriac and to man up if it's the case