Just a quickie - after illness and an op I ended up having several months off running. Having been a previous regular 10k er the idea of getting started again seemed impossible. I felt like my body had totally forgotten how to run and my stamina was history. Well - I reluctantly dragged myself out again and got going - I started the podcasts again but came in at week 4 run one. My goodness it was hard! But I did it. By wk4 run2 I started remembering how it feels. By wk4 run3 me body had already remembered what to do. I've just done wk5 run3 and I remember first time round crying when I finished because it felt so huge! Here's the thing - this time I kind of just did it and it wasn't easy but it wasn't that big a deal. I am putting this down to both muscle memory and the fact that I had already overcome my 'I can't do it' demons the first time around.
I guess what I am saying is of you've lost your way you CAN get going again - it's not over for you! And it's easier the second time round! I hope this helps someone out there feeling as sad and useless as I was. You can do it ☺