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    Leg pain after running

    Hey guys so I've been having this major issue since the past year and I can't figure out the reason.

    The problem is that I start having severe pain in my lower calves and ankles after running for just 5 minutes, even after doing a lot of dynamic stretching. If I don't warm up, my knee joints also start to give out. I used to play basketball a lot before as well. Now I can't even play properly due to this issue.

    I weigh about 89kg. Gained 11kg over the past year. Approximately have 25%-27% body fat. I have been weightlifting for the past 7 months and I was in bulking phase for 5 months till last week. I never skip leg day and I believe I have strong legs. Can easily squat 60kg and have 270kg 1RM on leg press. My calves are quite visible as well. My lower body is relatively bigger though, from hips to thighs.

    I've become really frustrated now because this problem has become a huge hindrance to my sports and cardio.

    Any suggestions would really be appreciated. Cheers.
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    Have you been professionally fitted for running shoes? First step I would take.
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    89 kg is a bit heavy if your form isn't dialed down.

    What is the duration of your running session?
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    Originally Posted by RedRusty View Post
    Have you been professionally fitted for running shoes? First step I would take.
    Not professionally. But I did buy a new pair of Adidas running shoes to see if it makes it better. Previously had Reebok sports/casual shoes. It didn't make any difference.

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    89 kg is a bit heavy if your form isn't dialed down.

    What is the duration of your running session?
    Well I am trying to cut now, for which I need to do HIIT. And I can't do that unless I resolve this issue. I last for about 15 min on good days. On bad ones I can go till 10 min. I can't survive on steady state cardio.
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    Originally Posted by zeeshanmn View Post
    Well I am trying to cut now, for which I need to do HIIT. And I can't do that unless I resolve this issue. I last for about 15 min on good days. On bad ones I can go till 10 min. I can't survive on steady state cardio.
    Well you don't need to do HIIT for a cut. Or cardio for that matter. Bulks and cuts are largely outlined by calorie consumption vs calorie expenditure throughout the day. Cardio during a bulk or cut only serves to shave more calories.

    HIIt's best when you're already proficient at an exercise and are ready to dial it to 11 to reap the benefits. Otherwise it's not good to jump into it to burn away the fat when your body's not inclined to handle it.

    This mainly seems like a problem because you're choosing to run. It's high impact for heavy people and you can only handle so much time with it. It shouldn't be your anaerobic cardio approach. What's wrong with the bike?
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    When I started running I also had a lot of leg pain I think its the body's response to the stress/impact of running. I thought I had lretty strong calves but a trainer had me do seated calf raises and seated reverse calf raises and that seemed to help. With time it should get better... try to ease into running by slowly increasing the time/intensity and rest/ice/NSAIDs in between. Good luck!
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    Yep I'd get shin splints and had to avoid aggravating a sprained foot. I was around 195 lbs. with high body fat. I eventually developed my form by practicing anything between 800 and 5k meters steady state on treadmill in shortest time possible. Shin splints and the foot sprain became non-issue.
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