So why the reset and start again given I'm a Graduate?
Well it's a long story. 1 Week after Graduating last July I did my first park run at a respectable pace (37.5 mins). But ... I put my back out! I think it was down to my first ever yoga class the day before and being a bit too ambitious. Instead of the usual euphoria after the Park Run - painful back!! A week later I attempted another run, but that made it worse.
So was unable to run for a long time afterwards. I had physio that gradually helped, and just got back into doing the running, on the physio's advice, on a treadmill, which has a softer landing than the pavement.
But then ... after increasing deterioration of my mother with Parkinson's and some associated dementia, we managed to get her into a home near us at very short notice. Then, a week later, unexpectedly got an unsolicited offer on the house at the market value from a neighbour. It was an opportunity not to be missed, but meant we had to devote a lot of time sorting the house - deciding what goes to auction, what goes to clearance, and what we keep. We went down there every weekend for the next three months and worked like heck. Lots of meals out, little chance to exercise (and bending over and sorting 50 years of stuff wasn't good for the old back! And denied running, we resorted to more traditional means of de-stressing, ie El Vino. Not great for the fitness or the weight! We completed the sale on Nov 29th, and spent most of December in a state of exhaustion.
Did Dry January which was a very reviving experience, and the last few days my back has really been feeling a lot better.
So I reckoned after the long gap, best to start over again so's not to overdo it. So I took a deep breath, reset the C25K app, put my favourite Steve Reich album on the music ( Music for 18 Musicians - great steady pace for running), and set off on W1R1 with Michael Johnson to guide me through.
Nice to feel the euphoria afterwards as opposed to grotty back pain! But look at the state of me! That's quite a sheen on my forehead.
A bonus tip for anyone thinking of giving up alcohol for Lent. Alcohol-Free beer is actually quite drinkable ( Beck's Blue and also Brewdog "Nanny State"), and very low in calories. I figure it's because the hops give it a bit of bite. By contrast, we didn't find any alcohol-free wine that didn't just taste insipid. I think it's the alcohol that gives wine its bite, so remove that and ... meh!