I had got to week 7 run 3, and was keen to carry on, but a nagging pain in my calf was worrying me. I spoke to my osteopath and she thought I should stop for a bit until it calmed down, and diagnosed it as shin splints, due to doing too much too quickly for my body. I'm 62 and have never run before so am thrilled to get this far. Having done some research online, I decided to get some new trainers. I went to a local running shop and the very helpful owner gave me some advice and did a gait analysis. Basically my old trainers were worn out, although he still thought neutral trainers would suit me best, as I didn't have a particularly odd running style. He thought it would be OK to still run, but perhaps have longer breaks between runs ( 2 days instead of 1), perhaps run a bit less, and ice the painful area up to 3 times a day, also do stretching exercises. So I bought the new trainers and socks for extra padding, also some waterproof socks (!) which I thought would come in useful as I hate having wet feet.
This morning I decided to try running again, but I decided to go back to Week 5 run 1. It went really well, the pain is not any worse, and I did it a lot easier than the first time round. I'm really pleased, as I'm enjoying the programme and love running in the early morning when it's sunny - a great start to the day! My ambition is to get to a park run, once I've finished the Couch to 5k programme.