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tumbleweed
Lump on leg
Date: Mar 22, 2012 6:25:21 PM PDT
Author: 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!!
Last modified by tumbleweed on Mar 22 2012 6:26PM
 

 

UpNRunningAdmin
Lump on leg - response from Ed
Date: Mar 23, 2012 9:28:13 AM PDT
Author: UpNRunningAdmin

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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runbarun
 
Date: Mar 23, 2012 11:00:44 AM PDT
Author: runbarun

All of Ed's comments are, of course, spot on. In addition to checking your mileage on your shoes, make sure you've taken the time to visit a RUNNING store to be properly fitted for shoes. I bet we know a really good store in the area ;) Sometimes we try to take shortcuts on shoes because a certain style is on sale. Buy what your body needs!
 

 

tumbleweed
 
Date: Mar 23, 2012 11:36:19 AM PDT
Author: tumbleweed

Thank you Ed! I really appreciate your response - it was extremely helpful!

The pain is more in my calf muscles than on the shin, so I'm thinking it might be the build up of lactic acid which you mentioned (and I did not know!) Thanks for the tips on the compression socks and taking a supplement...I will definitely start doing that.

I did get fitted at your store and having an awesome pair of shoes, but it might be time to start thinking about another pair before the half marathon!

Thanks again for your response!
 

 

UpNRunningAdmin
 
Date: Mar 31, 2012 9:48:25 AM PDT
Author: UpNRunningAdmin

No problem! Keep me posted if it flares up
again! Good luck with the half!
www.runpa.com <br> www.facebook.com/upnrunning <br> Twitter Name: upnrunningpa
 

 
 
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