Hi CJ :) Sorry to hear your having this problem. Obviously... give your body time to heal though what your experiencing may not be shin splints, if it is.. you don't want to injure yourself further Besides ice.. it may be time to change your shoes or inserts... Making sure you stretch.. warm up prior to and cool down after a run.. Try to run on non paved surface every other day.. it helped me Hope you feel better soon
Hi CJ, Shin splints are the bane of the long-distance runner. I only occasionally had problems with them and always backed off immediately. You won't like giving it a few days' rest -- none of us do! -- but it'll keep you on the road longer. I was doing triathlon so I was able to keep cycling and swimming while I rested the legs. Maybe you could try doing the same, just for the few days you're unable to run.
If it's a problem you get regularly it might pay you to have a look at your shoes. Are they wearing unevenly? Is one side worn down more than the other? You may need an orthotic, or a shoe with more support.
If you can find any decent parkland or forest trails to run, rather than bitumen or concrete,they're a lot kinder on the legs.
Lot of good advice already; for the calves get Arnica Gel and use faithfully, works on shins also. Main thing is to do as Dodgy said, check shoes, run on various surfaces and definitely try to find alternate exercise like biking which will give shins and calves variety and a rest from constant repetitive movement. Biking has lots of added benefits, good for the knees, stretches leg muscles better and great for the butt!:-).