I suffered with shin splints for months last year, it drove me crazy. I tried reducing my miles, physio, new shoes, compression socks, self-massage, anti-inflammatories, increased stretching, etc etc. Nothing worked until I stopped running altogether for about 6 weeks (sorry, that's probably not what you wanted to hear!) However, it was worth it because I've had no problems since and am now gradually building mileage. I'm not convinced that fancy shoes and inserts help at all, the shoes I run in now are fairly minimal (Invo8 - I run almosts exclusively trails) and I try to concentrate on form more than anything else. I sometimes wonder about Vibram Fivefingers and whether they would help for this sort of problem - not tried them, but I would do if the problem resurfaced.
Thanks both, I think that's what I wanted to hear. I just like the thought of gliding effortlessly up and down the hills, and leaping over the rocks like a mountain goat! So I'll continue with my plodding up hill and down dale with that vision leading me on! I'll try the Sarah Rowell book too, thanks for that.
Does anyone have any training tips for trail running, for a newcomer to running? I’ve been doing a few trail run/walks in my local area, which are very hilly, and I’m doing some on the treadmill. I want to concentrate on trail running, but can’t find any structured training plans. Should I be doing some road running/running on the flat, or can I structure all my training around trails? Can anyone recommend a good book on the subject?
The Garmin's great if you're into gadgets. I'd recommend it to anyone, it's not difficult to work and gives you loads of information - perhaps some of it's a bit unnecessary if you're a beginner, but I can see becoming in more useful later, and it all helps with the motivation. Are you feeling better Gaz?