I'm a rising freshmen who's interested in army ROTC (as some of you may know from previous posts). Anyways, I've recently been inflicted wit shin splints. Ugh. So my backstory is this: 18, female, didn't do any school athletics in high school (horseback riding only) and I didn't really begin training seriously for the apft until May. I'm good on sit ups (64 in 2 min), and I'm currently at 16 push ups (I started from 0, and as a girl I'm pretty proud of how far I've come, but I know I will be able to do at least 19 when schools starts), and around an 8:40 1 mile time. So obviously my problem is the run. I started with just running/taking a few walk breaks on cross country dirt paths for aprox. 2 miles 3-4x a week, and that was fine, no pain. But recently I've started running on pavement and my HS track to time myself, and now I have shin splints. I haven't even been running far, just 1-1.5 miles 3-4 times a week, but my shins just hurt so much now when run, and everything I've read says not to keep running if you have pain. So now I don't know what to do...I need to keep training so I can pass the apft when I get to campus (even though I'm non-scholarship, I really want to make a good impression), but I can't risk being injured when I get there. For the past couple days I've been using my gym's set-your-own-stride elliptical, which gives me a pretty good workout where I can get my HR up, but is that enough? If you have any ideas on what I should be doing for a training plan to avoid further injuring myself, anything would be MUCH appreciated!