I only took up running last July, and was just about able to run 5k non-stop (about 35 mins) by the end of October. During the winter I had four or five months not running (combination of inury, chest infection, cold unpleasant weather, laziness and low morale) so when I finally got back into it in March this year I had to start right at the beginning with run/walking. I have now built up my long run to eight miles or so in ninety minutes. At the moment I run about 5k twice (about 30 mins) and my long run once a week.
I have no real drive to race; but as an asthmatic who as a child was told that I would kill myself if I ran so much as 100 yards I take great pride (in my mid-forties) to be able to finally prove 'them' wrong, so I have become emotionally attached to my running.
Now the autumn is upon us and I don't want to loose all I have gained over the winter months, and worse than that this year I will have very little time available this year to do any running (I mean no time, really). I want to keep doing my long run once a week but know that I won't be able to keep up my shorter runs.
Does anybody have a view as to how sensible it might be to just to the long run once a week, or what would be a realistic minimum 'maintenance' regime to see me through to Easter without loosing too much ground?