It has been over a week since my last run. I had built up to a regular 5k twice on weekday evenings after work with a slightly longer distance at the weekend. I was on the cusp of a 30 minute 5k time and things were looking good. Then it all fell apart. I had some social engagements in the week before Easter that blocked my after-work running times, and I was staying with family for the long weekend where I was over-committed to social events that prevented me getting out.
Today was back to work, and after work, back out for a run. Oh dear, it was shockingly bad. I set out at what I thought was a modest pace, but my legs felt like lead. Too much inactivity and too much Easter chocolate, and I just lost my form. I set out at what I thought was a modest pace, but after 1k it was clear I was in no state to complete my usual 5k. I took a shortcut from my usual loop and stopped running after 20 minutes, covering a little over 3k. Oh dear, what have I done! Hopefully it won't take too long to get back into my old routine.