I'm running about 3 times a week, to start training for the half marathon. I get shin splints all the time. So I've been stretching my calves and putting icy hot on at night and sometimes before I run. A couple of times I've put it on after a run and then relaxed for a bit then took a shower. OUCH! Hot water makes icy hot burn! Not actually burn but horrible horrible too hotness.
On a better note, the icy hot does seem to be helping. I haven't had shin splints yet. Today I ran for two 12mins segments with only 5 mins of walking in between. Saturday I'm going to running club for the 50K event. NO I'm not doing anywhere close to 50K. The course is actually a 5K that you repeat. I'm think definitely one maybe two times. My running plan is to run somewhere between 12-15mins at a time....at least at the beginning, if I decide to do a second 5K it'll be mostly walking I think.
How are your workout goals going? Any discoveries of what to avoid (like Icy hot and hot water)?