Hi all, as you can probably tell I'm feeling a bit bummed at the moment. I managed the 20min run in Wk5 just fine - even managed to keep going after a fairly steep climb! I tried the first run of week 6 two days later and got a really bad stitch after three minutes of running which wouldn't go down with slowing down and breathing deeply - I concluded I ate too much as I was out with family and ran too soon and because it was getting dark I decided to pack up and go home. I tried again yesterday. I'm currently staying in Scotland for the week (originally from the Midlands) and am staying by a loch which means a good flat stretch to run on. This time I felt a bad pain in my legs (shin splints?) and got to seven minutes in the second run before I couldn't bare the pain and had to stop again. I was limping all the way back to the hotel and had a dull ache in my legs for the rest of the evening, even with some strong painkillers. The pain seems to be gone this morning but I don't think I'll risk it again until maybe Friday. I had it before during week 2 and recovered in a few days, but it wasn't quite as painful then so I guess I'll just have to play it by ear.
It's just a bit disheartening after getting so far through. I don't want to stop running but know if I continue too soon I'll only make it worse. Maybe it's something in my running technique? I'm flat footed too so that might not be helping - I did buy some insoles to put into my running shoes but forgot to bring them with me. I managed fine without them up to now though. Fingers crossed it's not too bad and I'll be able to try again at the end of the week.