Just checking in to excuse my long absence from these here parts and from running in general. I am not really sure that I can explain what went awry because I was loving my running and had made pretty good progress.
Without overthinking it, it is likely that I just tried to take on too much in aiming for a Marathon in April and subconsciously my brain objected to the idea of 30km+ training runs in February.
To cut a long story short, I fell off the running wagon despite really loving to run and am now ready to repent.
I did my first run of any kind for nearly three months last Thursday (a 5K run/walk), after which my quads felt like concrete, and have ran another twice since then including a slow (but nonetheless hard) 5K last night.
My intention is to run the Tonbridge Half Marathon again in October but I haven't signed up yet and will see how things go over the next 2-3 weeks before committing to a training plan.
I am about 4Kg heavier than I was this time last year and have, obviously, lost a heck of a lot on terms of fitness but I expect to put these things right pretty quickly.
It's great to see so many new posters (and runners) around. c25k is a fantastic program which helped this 55yo duffer from being a non-runner to running a 2hr 3min Half Marathon in just over 7 months - as well as many familiar faces/avatars too.