Just a quick update on my running and quick tip that helped me with my shins.
As per my previous post, my first run after graduating I successfully attempted to break my 5K record, dropping full 3 minutes of my 40-minute graduation 5K. My second run was not that great, I had this pain in my shins (shin splint?), but managed to get through and finishing 1 minute slower than my best. The following days it was even more painful, and I decided to skip run 3 for that week because of the pain.
Meanwhile, I kept massaging my shins with Deep Heat and co. but the pain was still there. I have also noticed that I find it easier to do full-on sprint than to walk fast. So my theory is that there must be some kind of speed threshold when dealing with this kind of pain. For my first run of the week 2, I have decided to run on treadmill (in controlled environment / hamster wheel). I ran at speed 5mph (versus my normal 4-4.5) just to see how long can I sustain it. And I managed to do 17.5 minutes. Probably could have gone longer, but it felt boooring, and also didn't want to chance it.
And... yesterday I went for my second PG W2 run, this time evening run in a park, doing full 5K at 36 minutes, beating my PB by 1 full minute. And part of the run was in almost full darkness, so maybe I can get extra points for that.
Now my shins are almost back to normal, not sure is it the break in style, or massage, but whoever suffers from this - it is worth trying.
Onwards and upwards.