So, the good news is that my left foot has been steadily getting better, even with the increased milage, and this week I haven't noticed it at all.
The bad news is that my right shin has been giving me some serious grief. As in, OW!
I am truly aggrieved by this because I haven't suffered from shin splints in a long time. Isn't that a beginner's problem? Okay, so I've upped my milage a bunch this week...
And of course I'd much rather it be shin splints than the alternative (a stress fracture).
Also of course I didn't baby it nearly enough, early enough, and so now it's hurting far more than shin splints usually do. That makes me nervous. However, it is responding to arnica and to ice, and it doesn't hurt extra when I press on it, so I am taking those as signs of hope.
I will take some running days off and see how it progresses with more ice and arnica. The weather's supposed to be beastly the next couple of days anyway --- a good time for some extra swimming!
Now if I could just stop worrying about it...