I had shin spints as well, and found a few things. First, SparkPeople has a lot of good articles. Second, don't push too hard. Don't go from walking to running all at once. Start with walking, then maybe jogging a little, then adding running slowly. It was really hard for me to do it slowly, especially since I had signed up for a 5k at the end of February and I wanted to GOOOOO!
Still, pushing too hard is going to hurt you.
As for shoes, you should be able to go into any sporting goods store that sells running shoes, and ask for last year or the year before's styles. They're still good shoes, and they WERE $200 last year or the year before, but this year, because they're not the STYLE you can get them for $20 or $30 (this is what we did for my son for cross country, on the recommendation of his coach).
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