Our expert says:
It can be a struggle, and you have to really force yourself to go right back to the start. Your problem is that your mind remembers what you did, but your body has forgotten, so you have to force yourself to be a "beginner" again.
If you have pain on the treadmill, then run on the road, there's no problem with that provided you feel safe doing so. But that's what you have to do in order to start. If your calf pain starts after 20 minutes, then run 20 minutes until you've adapted to it, and then gradually increase.
You'll get there eventually, it's just very tough at first, and you have to really be patient. The best thing you can do is to find someone else who is willing to run with you, who is less fit than you are, and then they will force you to slow down and work at a slower pace.
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