Make sure you stretch your calf muscles really good...even on days you aren't running. I also do one where I sit at the edge of my couch with legs a little wider than hip width apart, feet flat on floor. Then, straighten one leg out with foot flexed and the back of your heel on the floor. Lean forward slightly. You'll feel it in your hamstring. Then, point your toes and lean forward again. This time, you'll feel it in the front of your shin.
Another one to try is to sit on the floor with your back against a wall and your feet flat on the floor. Then, lift your toes up toward your shins a few times. If you keep the rest of your foot on the floor, you'll really feel it in your shins. Lift your whole foot, except the heel, and you'll feel it in your shins and calves.
Don't forget to ice after a run and several times throughout the day, if you can. It also helps to ice a few times on days when you aren't running. And ibuprofen can help...but don't rely on it long-term.
It's not uncommon to experience shin splints when you up your mileage. I've had them off and on since I first started C25k. They went away for awhile in the middle, but not that I'm toward the end of the program, they're coming back.
| Pounds lost: 13.2