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Old 11-27-2006, 06:19 PM   #1
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I restarted running seriously three weeks ago and have encountered a lot of pain/problems and was wondering if anyone has some suggestions.

When I run more than a 1.5 miles, it often feels like I have to consiciously fight to keep my left toes up so that my heel lands first. If I don't, my foot slaps down flatfooted, almost like I was walking with a limp. As is, my feet are pretty loud and jarring, but this is ridiculous. It's holding back my times because I simply can't bring my foot up fast enough to increase my pace.

Any ideas on what's going on here? I've made some improvement over the past couple of weeks, but as a result I seem to have developed really bad shinsplints. I feel like an old man running.

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Old 11-27-2006, 08:46 PM   #2
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hey chris, do you feel any sort of 'dead leg' when you run, or i guess more of a weakness? how about any tightness?
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Old 11-28-2006, 08:25 AM   #3
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Yeah, I tend to get some numbness in my extremities. Usually in my feet but occassionally in my fingers and hands as well.

As far as weakness, I'd say I feel it in my shins/ankles as I try to raise my foot. It's hard to describe other than I can't seem to catch up with my left foot.

I'm hoping this is a technique problem? I've never been a very good runner, and I haven't done a lot of running in the past 3 years, but I'm a fit individual.

Any ideas are appreciated, even if it's "go see a doctor". ;-)

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Old 11-28-2006, 08:37 AM   #4
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sounds like foot drop. go see a doctor.
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Old 11-28-2006, 06:05 PM   #5
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i'd definitely go see a doctor then and maybe even a physical therapist. it's amazing how one little thing in your body can be off and it causes all sorts of problems. my only idea and i may be way off, is that you have some sort of weakness in your leg/hip and you are having to compensate for.

i'm not sure if you are running outside or on a treadmill, but an experienced runner gave me the good advice of setting the treadmill to a 1% incline. also, if you haven't already make sure you are fitted for good proper running shoes- those can make a world of difference.

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Old 11-29-2006, 07:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for the responses. I'll looking to having a doc check it out.
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