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Injuries are not inevitable usually the result of one of 2 things: either the individual is training too much or not resting sufficiently between training session or they have an underlying musculoskeletal issue.You & I were on a similar path, having taken up running around the same time. If my experience is indicative, you're due for a breakthrough; one day I was huffing at the 5 minute mark, the next I felt like I could run indefinitely. My last and longest run was 40 minutes, with only a few slowdowns to a brisk walk. Just keep plugging away at your comfort level, but be mindful of when you feel you're ready for more.
Whether I will continue running now is debatable. After that last run, I woke up to throbbing knee pain; something I have never experienced before. A general practitioner, a podiatrist and orthopaedics specialist later, and I am now in 6 weeks of physical therapy; if I resume running, I'll need a knee brace and custom insoles.
It can often be the case when someone achieves a particular training milestone they are tempted to run further or faster next time before their body has had sufficient time to fully adapt and recover. After someone's longest run their next few runs should be at around two-thirds that effort before trying that distance again and they should continue this pattern until for a few weeks before attempting to increase their training load.
If the injury is the result of a musculoskeletal issue then they get some expert advice about what kind of trainers they should wear to alleviate the problem.
You seem to be doing the right thing with getting some physio. I've been wearing orthotics (custom insoles) for many years now and they have helped me enormously.