Shin splints. They're a common complaint, especially among runners. Lance suffered from them during the NYC marathon. They are, however, easy to avoid. To get the skinny on shin splints,
- If you are new to running start slow - don't run too hard or too long.
- Wear proper supportive running shoes, and if you have flat feet consider using arch supports.
- Add stretching and strengthening to your routine. Calf stretches and calf raises are a good place to start.
If you are already suffering, try applying ice to the sore area and taking some anti-inflammatories. Massaging the muscle on the outside of your shin can help. Start at your ankle and rub toward your knee.