What my 'new' plan boils down to is mostly just keeping things simple. The five point plan from my last post kind of sums it up, in essence I am getting back on the move in as many ways as I can without focusing wholly and solely on running. The main reason being that I had noticed an all around loss of strength and flexibility in doing other things, even to the point that the more linear process of running was suffering, evidenced by my string of injury niggles.
All this is great, and "d'uh!" common sense. It was all too easy with the time pressures of life to think "if I keep the running going that's fine. Running is all I really need to be able to run anyway.". Seductive as that type of thinking was I now realise I had utterly conned myself, three weeks of swimming has reminded me just what I'd done to those other important muscles (I really was troubled by how bad my swim strength was that first time I got back in the pool).
So from here I am going with the K.I.S.S. strategy - "Keep It Simple Stupid!"
Progress on those five things:
1) Parkrun - done.
2) Swimming - actually been doing twice a week :-)
3) Gym going - not yet, I am giving the pool another week at least before swopping in the gym session.
4) Eating well - Most of the time (better than none of the time).
5) Running consistency - I have been in touch with my training buddy and we've even gotten back out on the road.