I started running a while ago and got myself up to regular runs of 6-10 miles, and then - like most people - found my way to a certain revolutionary running book which resulted in me changing my shoes to a pair of zero drop Merrell and changing my running form to a more forefoot contact although I was never a heavy heel striker to begin with.
Even though I thought I was taking it easy with no runs of longer than 3 miles after building up for a few months I ended up with a stress fracture to my shin and was forced to take a couple of months off, which turned into 7 months off and a lot of long distance cycling.
Fast forward to now and I have started running again. Due to my extended time off and my fear of breaking down I started off with running a mile or two once or twice a week in my new Hoka Stinsons and everything was going great (I even managed a 6 mile run with my running club). When my wife decided to start running I thought I'd join her as a real beginner with run/walking and try transitioning to a pair of Inov-8 155s and a pair of XeroShoes huaraches.
After getting us doing 2 minutes run/2 minutes walk for 5 repeats twice this week I have developed shin splints again. Could this be down to me running in minimalist shoes with a forefoot contact? I have found a few papers which seem to suggest this may be the case and was wondering if Pete or anyone else had found or heard of similar issues?
I'm going to go back to my Hoka to continue the beginner plan after taking a week out to let my shins recover. I'll tell you what happens, but any other ideas or evidence I might not be the only person on earth unable to run like this will be gratefully received!!