Well, I tried picking up my speed and milage this spring. Typically when this occurs the shin splints set in and they did. I changed running shoes to newer ones with better cushions and continued to run, trying to ignoring the uncomfortable pain.
I have had shin splints numerous times before and they always go away, if you take it easy. Well I didn't. Now I have a stress fracture and it's extremely painful. The doctor said I be crazy climbing Mt. Elbrus - highest mountain on the European Contingent. I thought about it. I probably could climb, except I'd have to carry a heavy pack on. And it wouldn't be the accent that would be painful, but the impact on the leg/bone during the decent. I delayed the trip to next year.
I purchased travel insurance, so my airfare could be re-emburst, with a doctor's note, which I had. However, when I placed the claim, the insurance company said I need to cancel the flight first. Upon canceling the flight, Aeroflot (Russian Airline) refunded my entire ticket, except for $100 cancelation fee, which the insurance company will reimburse me. That was a surprise. My deposit with the climbing company can be transferred to next year.
Now I have to find somewhere less strenuous to travel this summer... not sure where.