So, I'll admit to having been avoiding this forum for the last month or so - I'd managed to get to Week 8, things were ok, my side pain (chronic issue, not related to the running but exacerbated by it, depending on whether it's a bad pain day or not) was holding up reasonably well, when I had a sudden relapse and was pretty much unable to move for a week. Always good fun. After that, I seemed to always find excuses as to why I didn't want to push my side to try again - there was always something coming up that I couldn't afford to miss if my side gave out again, so I just kept putting it off - and coming on here just reminded me that I viewed the fact I'd come so close to then not finish as a failure. Which is frustrating, especially as it's not something I can control, but hey. There we go.
But because of that, I've found reading all the posts about people graduating, and even just progressing through the programme hard to read, so I've just been ignoring this forum. Always a bad idea as this place had been vital in keeping me running last time, but there we go. However, I've missed running, and I've decided I'm going to try and go for a run tomorrow as (Fingers crossed) my side's been ok the last couple of days. I also want to try leaving a longer rest period between my runs as I'm not sure that's helping my side either (baby steps), so was going to go for twice a week running and see how my side holds up with that, before possibly going back to running three times a week.
Now, my question is; do I restart again completely, or just go back to an earlier point that's not quite at the beginning? It's been about 6-8 weeks since I last ran at this point, and before I was forced to stop I'd been quite comfortable running the longer distances, but I'm not sure whether I've just lost all that stamina etc I'd gained through the programme (quite likely given I've been unable to move for large chunks of the summer -_-). Also, part of me feels like starting again might be a good way to draw a line under my first attempt and try again? I don't know. Would love to hear the advice of some more experienced runners