Quickly after graduating couch to 5k in about April I just kind of stopped running, attempting to go back to it a few times but never really getting back into it.
I have just started again - w2r1 today! and I want to identify why I let it go so I can avoid it happening again.
Schedule - When I am not too busy it's easy to keep up the plan but when things go mental it's the first thing to go. I also go away quite a bit so having weeks where I am not running make it hard to get back on it. I can think of a few stratagies to deal with these problems. 1.Run earlier in the morning so running isn't interferring with my 'working' time. 2. Figure out a running plan at the beginning of every week and keep adjusting it when things chnage. 3. At the beginning of every month look back at the past month and figure out what worked and what didn't and use that to help in the goals for the next month.
It gets hard towards the end. I found the last few weeks, the long runs, really really hard, very acheivable, but not the sort of thing I want to jump out of bed for. I'm not quite sure how to get around this. I am starting right froim the beginning again to help build up my stamina and I might just try doing week 7, 8 and 9 for two weeks each rather than moving on straight away. Might help. I'll need to think of something to keep me motivated through the harder times, so laziness doesn't prevail - maybe some sort of laid back race to train for.
I get a bit self consious about running into people I know. It's okay at the beginning of the plan but towards the end of those long runs when I was struggling a bit I just found it generally a bit embarrassing. I am going to try running at different times and in different places to get over this. Today I went around the park and river at 8-8:30 and there were soooo many people around, which was fine today but I'd hate that later on in the plan. I'll go at 7:30 - 8am on Wednesday and see what that's like. I'll also try running in the evening one day. It's be great to run at 6am but that just won't fit into my schedule as I'm quite often working till 11pm.
If I can overcome these problems there is no reason why I shouldn't run forever!