I had a very useful conversation with my chiropractor just recently. I was suffering with shin splints, but just in my right shin area. He asked first if I'd upped my mileage significantly, which I hadn't as for me it started as I graduated the C25K program and I've pretty much stuck to just 30min runs since, then he asked me about my route, which for me was most telling. I always ran the same route, I mean ALWAYS - yes, I know boring git! Anyway, point being I even run the same pavement on the left side of the road, so he put it to me that given most pavements have a slight slope toward the road and even if not we're often up and down driveways to the road, that the right leg is always going to be under a little more stress that the other - seems logical! So, the remedy, simple, mix it up, run the other way round, run on grass now and again, etc, etc. Anyway, can't hurt to try. So I stopped running for two weeks first, as so much of the advice out there suggests, and started back running last Saturday (straight back to 30mins with no problem) ran my route the other way round, and no shin splints - so, so far, so good. Anyway hope this might help someone else out there.
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