Well, I still have those wretched shin splints. I have taken the decision* not to run at all for 4 weeks, am 1 1/2 weeks through that (yes, I AM counting the minutes). It's boring and frustrating - and I can't believe that I, a dedicated non-runner until 4 months ago, am desperate to get going again. I am trying to maintain my fitness by doing some exercise biking most days, doing a long swim every week, and doing my usual core stability, strength and flex, and aqua fit. The swimming's lovely, I am surprising myself with how much stamina I've gained with doing C25k, but the exercise biking is very, very tedious. (I do have a real bike but it's horrendously hilly round here and anyway I have a wrecked tyre). I'm doing my shin splint remedial exercises twice a day, RICE, etc. Went to get a gait analysis done but the running shop was shut and anyway it's a bit theoretical at the moment.
Everyone tells me it WILL get better so I am being positive. The good thing is I am continuing to lose weight (25 lbs and counting) so I must be doing something right!
In the meantime it's great to see all the new runners starting C25k and moving up towards graduation. Even though I'm currently not running I get a lot of positives (and entertainment) from people in this community! Thanks, guys, you're fab!
*as advised by quite a few people, on here and elsewhere.