Shin splints?

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Registered: 11-17-2003
Shin splints?
Tue, 02-05-2013 - 6:35pm

 I started off my new year with new running shoes and a desire to do the couch-to-5k program; I haven't started it yet. When I do take the dog out for a good attempt, both sides of my lower leg bone become very stiff, tight and feel on fire after 10 minutes. When that starts, I start stumbling on my own feet and feel as if I am running or walking very flat-footed. I can't seem to do the wole motion of a good jog or walk.  I don't know if these are shin splints; they feel different than before. Once I stop, it does go away, but it certainly keeps me on the couch. And the fact that I don't have a running watch; I can't set my watch to keep time and I have no idea of distance unless I'm on a track and know 4 laps equals a mile. I would love to drop 25 lbs, but I am so unmotivated and depressed. 

 Suggestions?  Thanks, Sarah