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    The past 4 days I've been plagued with unbearable shin splints. Haven't been able to run since Saturday, let alone walk without much pain. I had to run the treadmill last week due to Cleveland weather, and I think that's what's causing it. Which, doesn't make much sense from what I've read. I thought you get shin splints from running on hard places or not being in shape.... Anyways it's a mystery to me, and I'm starting to panic. Go time is just over a month away!! Steve Jr. got any advice for this aspiring Boston qualifier?? It's really gotten me down the last few days. Any suggestions would be awesome.

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    Sorry for the delay. We lost power last night. 3 total streets.

    Definitely something that plagued my son on occasion. I shot him your question via E-mail.

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    Do duck walks point toes in and out.

    My track coach and DS all said there was no such thing as shin splints

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    Shin splints are definitely real even if it's a catch-all name for several possiibilities.

    Stretching, proper footwear, and rest as I recall. Maybe some taping. My son would have some suggestions for the marathon training. At his peak he was really putting in some miles on a weekly basis and stress on his legs was a huge issue to be concerned with.

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    Ice, lots of ice
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    Shin splints are definitely real even if it's a catch-all name for several possiibilities.

    Yah I know they are real Steve but I could never convince anyone that mattered they were.

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    Not to be a nuisance, but would you mind asking your son about compartment syndrome? I wasn't medically diagnosed last year because i did not want a needle in my leg (i hate needles, just my thing) and the doc was pretty convinced about it. Symptoms have gone away for the most part after a year off. I was up to 18 miles at a pace that would have gotten me to Boston before I had to stop, and i wanted to start up again this summer. I was hoping there is something people in the running world do to avoid this, since the doc. i saw said it is not as uncommon a problem as I thought it was. I didn't like the idea of multiple hit-or-miss surgeries, so if he knows of anything i'd love to hear about it.

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    I've got a great way to prevent them from occurring in the future, it has worked great for me for 4 years now... Don't work out...

    In all seriousness though, I tracked down a fairly long winded article about different exercises you can do to alleviate the pain and prevent them from happening in the future: http://www.pponline.co.uk/encyc/0608.htm Hope that helps.

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    KenS,

    I caught my son at work, but he was able to instant message some comments:

    1. i doubt it's the weather, but that could be exacerbating a pre-existing condition.

    2. the first thing id ask is how old his shoes are, he could just need new shoes

    3. the second is if the shoes he's wearing are right for his biomechanics (pronation, arch height or lack thereof, etc)

    4. the third is that it helps to heat beforehand and ice afterwards

    5. of course, if he has a stress fracture, he's probably screwed, but if the pain just started that's probably (NOT)* the case, and i wouldnt mention it unless the pain persist for a couple weeks because it'll only worry him.

    6. also, in conjunction with point 2, shoe cushioning, as well as running on softer surfaces. treadmills arent bad; grass / paths are better and concrete / asphalt is worse.

    7. but im confident in the advice dispensed above
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    *I added this word in this comment (that I wasn't supposed to repeat to you) as it seems from the context, and in his haste, that he simply missed putting it in.

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