What can I do to end my running pain?
This is actually a cross-post from reddit; I need whatever help I can get.
What I have are a bunch of questions that have all been answered all over the web. The issue is that I’ve tried every fix I’ve read about and I still can’t push beyond 2 miles, so I figure I’ll present my complete profile here and hope for some help.
I was a severe sufferer of shin splints as a shod runner: A mile on pavement in a pair of $150 ASICS put me in unbearable pain for over a month. As soon as I switched to minimal footwear (aquasocks in my case), I had better luck, and I was able to work up to two miles every two or three days.
The problem is I can’t work past it. The first issue is the pain I get toward the end of every run: a dull ache on the inside of my ankle, above the little knobby bone that I’m sure has a name. This pain subsides after I run and then returns with a vengeance the next day. I can usually feel it when I walk. Lately, that pain disappears after the first post-run day and the following day I experience a kind of shin-wide pain not dissimilar from the kind I had DURING runs when I was shod.
I stretch before and after I run, I try to take sufficient time off, and my cadence is generally above 180 steps/minute. I am careful to lift instead of pushing off, although my form does tend to get sloppier about 75% of the way through the run. I continue to run in aqua socks.
It’s my dream to be a long distance runner. I love running, but as soon as I hit a mile it stops being fun. My form deteriorates and, like I said, around 2 miles my body decides to start giving me shit.
So what say you all? Is it my form? What can I do?
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