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Hello everyone, I'm new to this board and this is my first post!

I'm a 24 year old male, 5'8'' 220lbs and I've been having some issues with running for a while. So here's some history:

I never used to be too active while growing up, but when I was in high school I was on the football team and I did a lot of excersize (twice a day during 3 months of summer, once a day during the academic year). The first year I was able to easly run without any pain and the only thing that slowed me down was my weight and hard of breathing. Starting the second season I started to get exruciating pain in my lower calf / ankle area after running for about 5~10 minutes and since then I had a very hard time completing just one mile without stopping and walking. When I was done running, the pain was still there and it hurt like hell to stay standed up, and it hurt more on the outer edges of my foot. This could have been due to uncomfortable cleats I had to wear, but other suggestions welcome!

So anyways, that was 6~7 years ago. Since then I'd excersize on and off. Lately I had just gotten my cholesterol checked and I've been more concerened with my health. I do have a messed up eating habit and I'll address that issue at a different location on the board, but my main point is that I don't want this type of pain to unmotivate me from exersizing.

Recently I started running again, and the pain still continues. I'm wearing very comfortable running shoes, and I do not have any pains when I go on an elliptical in the gym (but I do on a treadmill). I've searched through the board and it was suggested that people need time to get the muscles there trained, but looking back, I had that pain before and after running for months it never went away. Does anyone know of such symptoms and any suggestions to reduce or get rid of this pain? Thank you so much!

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