I will definitely take the advice about looking at shoes again. I've heard a few different opinions from a few different people when I've bought shoes in the past, so I'll look for another running store.
I have been using the elliptical fairly regularly for the last year or so, and more regularly (3-5 days/wk) in the last month. I haven't done a lot of walking, so I'll try incorporating that in too. i guess I was trying to do too much too soon.
As far as speed, I'm pretty slow. Nothing to worry about there :)
Maybe check with your doctor too just to make sure there isn't anything wrong structurally in the foot. Feet are tricky. My DS (16) was always rolling his ankle when he walked. Turned out that two of his ligaments were torn and he needed surgery to fix them.
Go to a running store and get them to take a look at your gait. It sounds like you might be wearing the wrong type of shoe for your pronation, maybe? I had a lot of problems with shin splints when I started (and some ankle and foot pain) and when I went to a GOOD running store, I learned that I was wearing the wrong type of shoe (I needed a more neutral shoe rather than stabilization) and the wrong size (too small + too narrow). Take in the shoes you are currently using and tell the person you talk to what issues you are having. They can tell a lot from the wear patterns on your existing shoes.
I go to an independent store as I find even the chain running stores around town are staffed less regularly by knowledgeable people and more often by teenagers with a summer/after school job and little to no knowledge about shoes.
Also, if you haven't been walking before starting the running program, you might want to spend a few weeks just walking instead of running.
I'm trying to get into running, and I started yesterday with one of the 5k training programs. I could only get about 8 minutes in before the pain in my ankles and shins was too much to handle. The walking segment after running actually hurt more than the running did. I felt like I had completely lost control of my ankles- I couldn't even get my feet to flex! I was running on a treadmill with 0 incline, I wear running shoes (although they're about 10 months old- maybe time for an upgrade?), and I warmed up before I started. I'm at a loss as to what I should do! Any ideas?
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