I suffered with shin splints too and I went to see a really good physio as soon as they started. She told me my calves were tight and therefore putting extra strain on my shin muscles, particularly where it inserts down near my ankle.
She gave me a sports massage to help loosen up my calves, ultra sound on the inflamed areas and also some stretching exercises to do. Once I had a couple of weeks of this, she gave me some strengthening exercises for my shins using one of those tension bands.
Touch wood, I've been back running for about 3 weeks and my shins have been fine. She said I may get some aching in the area for the first few runs but provided it wasn't painful and wasn't sharp pains to continue. I've been back to her a couple of time since I've been back running and she is pleased with my progress.
I would definitely recommend going to see a physio. It's really worth it. I had a few weeks off initially but would have been laid up far longer had I no had them treated.
If you do the majority of your training with a pushchair, is it likely that when you run without the pushchair you are able to run faster times? I've not been running long and up until recently have been able to go out when my OH has been home. However, due to his work times, I'm going to have to start going out running during the day and take my 13 month old with me in the pushchair. I've done this a few times and whilst I found it hard, it wasn't impossible. I have heard people say that you are adding a fair amount of resistance to your runs by having to push the buggy and child but wondered if that equated to better times in the long run?
Thank you for replying. My back is a weird one, when it flares up I find running (and walking sometimes) is painful but cycling isn't. My physio did explain it to me but I can't remember everything she said.
My little boy is having a nap now so once he's awake and fed, I'll crack on with the run. Thank you.