I started running in high school on the cross country team. I was great for the first couple years, but in year 3 I also joined the track team and developed shin splints. I didn't run my senior year because it hurt just walking.
That was about 8 years ago and, maybe once every year or so since, I try to start running again (I really enjoy it). A month or less into it, I start to get shin splints again. This past year, someone on PaleoHacks mentioned POSE/forefoot running and I thought, "Yes! That's the answer!" I have been running casually with great success for several months with no issues. Casually = very short distances, maybe once or twice a week, while walking/playing with my dog. I am still wearing regular running/cross training shoes.
Three weeks ago I started the Couch Potato to 5k program and this week I started to get shin pain during my runs. The pain does not continue once I'm done running, so I'm still optimistic at this point...perhaps it's only muscles building and not shin splints? I am running less than 2 miles 3x a week and it's a walk/jog format, so really not much running.
Does anyone have experience with shin splints, specifically with getting rid of them? I have seen posts about barefoot running helping with this sort of problem and am currently walking barefoot (not yet to the point of running). Has anyone found barefoot running to be a solution only to find that, long-term, shin splints returned?
FYI: My goal is to run 3 miles a couple times a week as a type of meditation/mood lifter. I'm not looking to run marathons.