So last year I ran the Manchester 10K along with the delightful Poppypug amongst others and carried on after for many months with never a twinge of injury and then everything came at once - viruses, groin strain, plague of locusts etc. Went for physio and told to avoid running for a bit. Started going to the gym and for months did anything and everything but actually run. Finally after a few false starts I thought 'lets get back to basics and start C25K over again.' SO did that and re-graduated about 4 weeks ago - I was working in Shepperton and staying in a hotel by the river and my re-graduation run took me along the wonderful riverbank at 7.30 in the morning - during the 5K, I passed only one person and that's in a town just a few miles from London - amazing. So now I'm running 7.5K and working back up to 10K. On the days between running I'm gyming and have never felt so good - all down to giving up smoking and starting running a couple of years ago... So to anyone who did C25K and then fell off the wagon it's really quite easy and fun to do it all again.
Now I was hoping to be in Manchester for the 10K this year and either run or cheer my friends from this forum along. But fate (and work) have forced me to have to travel abroad tomorrow for a few days to a little place pictured above right - 10 points if you can guess where it is! So apologies for not being in Manchester to support, cajole and scream but really good luck and have a wonderful run in a great city - and for those doing it for the first time, the atmosphere is tremendous and you will have a ball.