If any of you have or have had shin splints, you know how absolutely shite they are. I'm going to share my experience here and if it helps some of you avoid them or recover then that's a win. I'm not a doctor by the way, so if you do what I did and your head falls off or something, don't sue me please. I first had shin splints in November 2015. I had just started running again after about 2 years off. I have always been about endurance and ran regularly in my early teens. I put on about 20kg of muscle at college, by weight training and avoiding the track. A combination of the weight gain and running in flat-soled shoes on the pavement was a recipe for a shin-splint-disaster. Honestly it was a 10minute mistake that cost me nearly 8months of pain and misery. So here's... TIP NO. 1: WEAR PROPER SHOES Don't run in Converses. Don't be a total tit. I was running with my dog, on a lead on the pavement. She is crap at running with the lead, always running in front. Which I knew. This meant I was landing on my heals wearing shoes with no cushioning. So no shock absorption. It took about 8minutes and I had shin splints. Get some decent trainers, with cushioned soles. You can't buy new legs so don't be tight on trainers. I now wear Asics trainers with gel soles and they are excellent for £60-£80. TIP NO. 2: STOP FFS don't try and "run off" shin splints. That's what I did and it only made them worse. Pull back and see a sports physio/GP. As hard as it is - especially when you have PJFT deadlines coming up - don't make it worse. You might end up in snap city with a broken tibia. Keep your fitness up with low impact cardio, such as swimming, cycling or rowing. TIP NO. 3: GET HELP See a professional. You won't find a pediatrist on the NHS unfortunately, but it's worth the cash if you can find one. I had my running technique tested and was given some helpful tips and exercises. They will also be able to rule out anything more serious that you may have missed. Look out for snakes. Try not to fall into traps with private healthcare. I ended up spending way way too much money on potentially B.S treatment (think acupuncture). I can't say for sure if it worked. When they charge £60 a go and expect you to come back every week, you want to be sure it does. Go to a specialised sports physio - not one that mostly deals with old people falling over - and you're probably going to get better advice. TIP NO.4: LEARN HOW TO RUN Yes actually learn. Look up running cadence* and learn about pronation and body position. You'll probably realise how crap your running style is and wonder how you didn't get shin splints sooner. * Cadence - how many steps you take in a minute. Too slow and you're probably landing on your heels and hitting the ground harder. Try and take 80-90 steps/minute per leg. Choose songs with a fast tempo (160+bpm) when running. TIP NO.5 BUILD UP YOUR INTENSITY - (once you have seen the foot doctor, been given the all clear and learnt how to run properly). I started by running on a treadmill at 2% gradient (like the PJFT) at low speeds. I would run at a pace I could maintain without feeling my shins playing up. As soon as I felt them returning I would stop. Firstly I just focused on reaching 4.8km then on pace. I increased the intensity by no more than 5-10% a week, to avoid triggering my shins. Alongside swimming/cycling etc. it took about 6months for my shinsplints to completely dissipate. I did wear orthotic insoles in my shoes at the start to correct my gait, however no longer. These bastard inserts gave me huge grief with my medical, as I was pronounced as medically unfit for wearing prescription orthotics - apparently off the shelf ones are fine. I successfully appealed, but it took 3months of waiting - leaving me perilously close to last few POCs of the year. Don't despair, I went from not being able to run 10ft without horrendous pain to being able to run 10km nonstop without a hiccup. A year and a bit later and my return PJFT 2.4km is 8:45min. Good luck.