If the soreness is in the calf muscle,
that’s normal. It is a buildup of lactic
acid in the muscle. The body creates
lactic acid during strenuous exercise.
And it manifests itself in the calf
muscles. That can easily be controlled
by using compression socks, and/or
taking a supplement while running (Gu,
Powergel, or some other supplement sold
at running stores). If the pain is
closer to the bone, and near the front,
it is more than likely shin splints.
They are caused by a change in exercise
usually when you increase your mileage.
I suspect that is your case, since there
is also a lump near the shin. That is a
buildup of damaged tissue. The best
remedy for shin splints is also
compression socks. And you may want to
check your mileage on your shoes, as
they will lose their cushioning after 500
miles. You can also roll a rolling pin,
soup can, or foam roller on the shin
(Quite painful!), to help break up the
damaged tissue buildup.
Just a warning; If it is very localized,
and sensitive to the touch, you may want
to have a medical person look at it. It
may be a stress fracture, and you don’t
want to run on a stress fracture. That
could aggravate the issue. Good luck in
your training and Half Marathon!
Originally Posted by tumbleweed:
Hello! I am training for the Pittsburgh
half-marathon and am fairly new to
running. I am at 9 miles with long runs.
I have noticed muscle soreness in both of
my inner lower legs over the past couple
weeks. It didn't bother me much, but
this area of my legs can be sore to
touch, especially after a long run. The
other day I noticed a hard lump on my
lower leg near my shin. I'm wondering if
it's possibly related to the soreness
I've been feeling in my legs. It's
possible I hit my leg off of something
and that caused the lump, but I was just
curious if anyone experienced this
before. Thank you!!
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