I've suffered on and off for a number of years with shin splints. Although most of the time I can keep this under control - knowing the symptoms and the action to take when it comes on - however, the cross country season is always the hardest to bear on my shins. As I have to wear spikes which tend to provide no control at all over my 'extreme' overpronation, I ALWAYS end up suffering, needing to take at least a week off before I can start running again.
As my training is going really well at the moment, picking up my mileage should I be lucky enough to be accepted for the London Marathon next year, I am loathed to want my shin splints to come back! However, my first cross country race is in two weeks time.
As part of my weekly exercise regime I want to start a weekly weights class - body max - which includes using weights, lunges, squats etc as I'm trying to lose weight.
My friend in work, however, who is also trying to lose weight says it's better not to start a class like this until I've lost a load of weight first as the muscle builds on top of your fat which makes it harder to lose the fat.