Anyway, a couple of weeks ago my shins started to bother me. I was worried that it might be my new shoes and that I would have to try out a different pair of shoes (I had just purchased them 2 weeks prior to the pain). I talked to my aunt who goes to an amazing physical therapist who gave her some tips to give to me:
Stretch- But don't over stretch
And then I found more tips online:
If you have to continue running (which I definitely did and still do) then wrap the shin with an ace bandage when you run.
Ice - on 15 minutes, off 15 minutes, etc.
Ibuprofen afterwards to reduce swelling - not before
And my own tidbits: TAKE advantage of your rest day. For the longest time I was not resting on my rest days. Since my mileage has increased so much I absolutely need those rest days for my body to recover. I guess I was just worried about not exercising but I think it is better to rest than not at all... and my legs really need the rest!
Sports cream & massage the area: Not sure if sports cream really does anything but it sure feels good to massage my aching shin with it.
After trying all these things my shin has not been bothering me. (Except for today but I think that was because I didn't rest properly this week) Crossing my fingers that I can prevent injury as long as I listen to my body and take care of myself. I'm just glad that tomorrow is a cross training day and then a rest day... hallelujah!