a) the pain.
b) the doctor never watched me walk or run to analyze the mechanics.
c) the problem (posterior heel pain) I went to him for has been resolved.
At this point, I am planning to find a good sports medicine physical therapist that can analyze my walking and running and provide guidance.
Yesterday I was able to sneak in a short run between thunderstorms. I'd hoped to get in three laps for a 2.25 mile run, but thunderclaps cut it down to 2 laps. 1.54 miles in 13:21. Legs felt great too!
On the family front, Jen took a week off from her own 5K training because she was getting shin pain herself. In my opinion, she jumped from walking into run/walks and increased her distance too fast, which caused the problem. I
She really wants to run/walk the race as her first 5K (she's walked a few before, but not run any). Who knows? Maybe she'll be running a marathon in the future!