I think I've got the dreaded shin splints. Felt good after my 10 k on Thursday, but 24 h later on the way home from work my right shin started to hurt. The symptoms fit, I'm not too chuffed about the prognosis and treatment, but I'm pretty much resigned to a minimum of 2 weeks on the IC. So having bombed through the c25k programme and tried all sorts of things after graduation I have now got my first running injury - ever. Even in a previous running life (well, attempted running) I never got shin splints. But now I know. And I think I had to find out the hard way - how do you know where your limits are if you don't push yourself towards them - and sometimes over them?
I'm trying not to fret, will take this as a learning experience. I will cross train and try not to walk too much. That might prove difficult, as I have to do some walking to get to work (we are one of those very unusual families without a car!). Instead of up and out first thing in the morning it's going to be up and working out. Strength and flex in the morning instead of evening. And I need to find a few exercises specifically for shin splints - any ideas welcome!
And, of course, I will be reading avidly here and trying not to go green with envy.
Happy running, everybody!