[QUOTE=MickeyEars;1112447]Just finished at 5K and was going to start training for a 1/2 marathon but have shin splints; have you dealt with these and if so what did you do to help them heal?[/QUOTE]
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I honestly have not had to deal with these. I have other issues but not these.
A few things that I have learned over the years which may help:
Buy really good running shoes and chuck them after 500 miles or so. Don’t go cheap on the shoes.
Run some of your workouts on a treadmill or HS track. Both have more cushion than the pavement.
Don’t go too far, too fast. Add extra miles slowly.
I cut this out of WedMD to help:
Although shin splints may be caused by different problems, treatment is usually the same: Rest your body so the underlying issue heals. Here are some other things to try:
* Icing the shin to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three days, or until the pain is gone.
* Anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, naproxen, or aspirin, will help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs can have side effects, like an increased risk of bleeding and ulcers. They should be used only occasionally unless your doctor specifically says otherwise.
* Arch supports for your shoes. These orthotics -- which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf -- may help with flat feet.
* Range of motion exercises, if your doctor recommends them.
* Neoprene sleeve to support and warm the leg.
* Physical therapy to strengthen the muscles in your shins.
Hope this helps!