Welcome to the world of running! I love it and have been for years since middle school lol. I'm not a doctor, but it sounds like you are experiencing shin splints. I used to get them often when I was younger, because I didn't wear the correct shoes or replace them enough.
You could be getting shin splints for a few reasons:
1) If you're new to running and over exert yourself, it can happen. Sometimes we go to hard starting out without even realizing it, but our body is quick to respond with a little swelling, redness, inflammation...i.e. shin splints.
2) If you shoes are worn out, then they won't give you proper support, causing unnecessary stress down there leading to....shin splints.
3) If you don't wear the correct shoes for your foot it will lead to shin splints. I have tight arches and overpronate, so I need a well cushioned shoe (meaning barefoot running, although popular, is not for me). People with flat feet or tight arches are more susceptible to having shin splints.
What to do:
1) RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation is the best way to help it heal. So, ice the area and elevate after your run to help.
2) You can go to www.runnersworld.com/shoeadvisor
and look up proper shoe fitting to find a good shoe yourself or go to a local "professional" running store. They are runners themselves and are skilled at fitting you into a proper running shoe just for you. The folks at big box stores like Sports Authority or Footlocker...really don't have the knowledge you might think for this. www.runnersworld.com/shoeadvisor
Edited by: OVHENDERSON at: 9/19/2013 (17:12)