I have just spent 3 weeks on holiday (Australia to the UK and return), for at least a week of that I suffered a heavy cold. Before going away I had good intentions of jogging on alternative days, however during that 3 week period I only managed to jog 4 times. Before my holiday I had completed week 6, run 2, when I eventually got those jogging shoes on (over a week after my last run at home) I was worried about trying week 6, run 3 (25 minute run), so I decided to repeat Week 6, run 2. I felt I really struggled with this run and consequently for the other three runs of my holiday I continued to repeat week 6, run 2 - and at no point did I feel particularly comfortable running and was left feeling let down and disappointed.
So now I've been back home 5 days, jet lag has all but gone, and this morning I went out for my first run since returning and you guessed it I decided to repeat week 6, run 2! Will I never learn! Plus I took the dog with me, which in retrospect could have been a mistake as she does insist on trying to chase after the ducks, and although sometimes she is very useful dragging me up hills, on other occasions it's a struggle to stay out of the lake. Well all I can say is, it was horrible, I managed to complete the first 10 minute run, during which time I started getting a pain in my left lower calf, the pain disappeared during the 3 minute walk, but it returned whilst running the second 10 minutes. In the end I only managed to complete 5 minutes of the second 10 minutes and then walked home. By the time I got home the pain had disappeared. Is it mind over matter, or have I lost some fitness? Should I return to week 5?
I feel defeated and can feel myself on the edge of giving it all up, which I really don't want to do. Any suggestions or words of wisdom from my fellow runners?