I took last week off. I just lifted weights & did a lot of stretching.

Yesterday I started back & things went well. I just had the occasional ankle twinge.I iced when I got home, took my Advil & elevated my legs. Today I didn't have any pain, just twinges. Very, very minor ones.

I went back tonight. Can you guess what happened? I went 10 minutes and was done. I couldn't do it. I am so ticked. I know I'm just going to have to take it easy & let my shins rest & rebuild.

I'm just scared to death of losing my momentum. I've been doing so well. And now I'm going to have to figure out what to do. Even a brisk walk is slightly painful. Grrrr
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I'm not very patient either, but my body forced me to take a long time to get back into running shape, and I'm still not quite where I want to be. I ran a few 5K's in 2007, which was a start.

Redholly -- If your shins are hurting, then your body might be telling you to slow down.

If it takes you 20 weeks to go from Couch to 5K, instead of 8 weeks, that's still much better than remaining on the couch. There is no real hurry.

I've found that when something starts to hurt, pulling back and easing up some gets things back to normal within a few days.

Are you taking walking breaks during your runs? I know some people think of them as wimpy, but I find a run/walk pattern helps a lot in terms of preventing over-fatigue.