Princess, you are lucky, but please think long-term and stay off hard surfaces as much as possible.
When school starts in the fall I'll be able to switch to trail running pretty easily. Right now while the kids are home I have to run close by so I can get back before Steve goes to work. I have had two injuries already though, just not shin splints. I ran a hilly half marathon in March and pulled my groin and messed up my hip so bad I had to switch to biking for three months. I had problems with my knee from the beginning but have been able to stabilize them with the help of a personal trainer.
Elsewhere, you won't regret seeing a sports physical therapist. The first visit with mine I was hardly able to climb the slight incline to his office and I couldn't walk without noticable pain. When he was done I was able to walk normal and climbed a flight of stairs! They can work miracles.
I just received a book I ordered, "Marathoning For Mortals" in the mail yesterday. There was a good line in it that reminded me of this thread. It said the difference between joggers and runners is a race number.
Runners don't like to be called joggers.