So I stayed off running for a week as I had shin pain in my right leg. I did the RICE thing for first two or three days, then loads of exercises to cure shin splints I found on YouTube but no running at all - I hated not running. Thanks for your advice and tips MissWobble! I did go to the GP and she told me I could start again but to cut back from 6km to 3 or 4km by doing 1km walk, 1km run, 1km walk, 1km run etc. She told me to come back if any further problems.
So off I went and did a short 20min run, after which there was no problem. (I ignored her walk-run-walk-run advice though as I thought, well if I do that I may as well be back on bloody C25k again, and I did not want to go backwards, IYSWIM.
So after the 20 min run, I waited three days before running again, which I did yesterday, and I ran for 40 mins. I had intended to run for only 30 min but a great song came on my ipod and I felt okay and thought, Oh, what's the harm? it was a great run and I felt really good, during and afterwards, and when I stopped I felt I could have continued at least another 15 minutes.
I did shin stretches and exercises after warm-down (and before warm-up).
Yet later that evening I developed pain behind my kneecap on my left leg, which I've had no problem with previously. Now I'm back to RICE for the knee problem, sigh.....
The good news is that the shin pain on my right leg hasn't reappeared (yet).
After doing that for the past two days my knee is feeling better but I am going to rest it at least another day and reassess after that. I have a session booked with a personal trainer at the gym on Weds who is going to take me through some exercises to better protect me from running injuries. So my dilemma is, do I postpone the PT session (and risk a short run - 20 to 30min) - and go to the PT session is I still feel okay, or postpone running completely and go to the PT session on Weds, given that the worst of my knee pain has passed?