I want to be able to run and I can however I suffer from severe shin splints whenever I do so, it has been suggested to me in the past that this could be prevented by one of two main reasons.
Reason one: I need to change my style to POSE and run in shoes which simulate bare foot running so that my muscles absorb impact how they are supposed to.
Reason two: I don't have the correct running shoes and I need to make sure that I get shoes which match my gait and correctly absorb impact when I strike using a heel-first technique.
I own a pair of vibram five-fingers currently and a pair of nike frees (currently trying reason one out), however in the vibrams I have to run so slowly that it doesn't seem worth it and I produce such a huge "slapping" sound when running on anything downhill that it is quite uncomfortable.
When running in the nike frees which I got as it was described as a way to sort of ease into bare foot running I still get really bad shin splints after 100m or so.
Before I go and splash more cash on a pair of heel striking running shoes I would like to understand the benefit of each running style and which would help me solve my current problem which is I can't seem to run for more than 100m or so without getting shin splints.
I should add that I am self diagnosing my shin splints, the pain felt when running feels like my shin bone (lower leg bone) will shatter that is, it feels like there is a pain going up and down it which could be akin to when you see a cartoon character get hit with a hammer and they crack into tiny little fractures like glass or something similar.
So to summarise firstly I would like to understand which running style will help me to get rid of my shin splints and why it is recommended. Secondly I would like to know more about which running style will help me to perform best, by perform I mean run for longer and faster, think 100m sprints to up to 10km.
I also do not want answers which consist of biased opinions I would like any response to be balanced and if possible linked to evidence that running said way will reduce shin splints (for example). This is purely to make the question less subjective and any answers more rigorous.
If any further information is required please ask, cheers.