Just redoing week 1 because of break for holiday and dodgy knee. I usually run with the dog (when I say run, I'm sure other beginners will recognise the slight self flattery). Little Bonnie (yes, I have been hiding behind my dog's name) had to go to the vet for a minor op, so was still a bit wobbly yesterday, so I had to go out on my own.
My Mum always used to say she didn't like "walking in cold blood" - i.e. the dog is the purpose of a walk. I can also remember walking round Derwentwater in the POURING rain, and another mad, drenched person commenting "at least you have an excuse" i.e. dog. But I digress.
Going out on my own yesterday made me realise two things.
If you have a dog with you you have a reason to be out there, so you are not, in the eyes of observers, pretending to be a runner in your shiny new trainers. You are out with the dog and just happen to break into a slight jog occasionally. This is brilliant camouflage for the not-yet "runner".
Secondly, as I was alone, I didn't fancy going into the woods in the evening, so I stuck to the pavements, and felt very self conscious lumbering along in my trainers (but with a very baggy hoodie too). People must have thought I was trying to run, because I didn't have dog with me that I was exercising. (I did manage to overtake a dog walker, but she was going VERY slowly)
I know you all say we shouldn't feel self conscious, but I totally empathise with all the other beginners who have expressed this feeling. Roll on the time when I can look like a runner who is entitled to wear running shoes and running clothes. (I'm not looking forward to the warmer weather when I will have to cast off some of the baggy overgarments)
Hope my ramblings make some sense.
Good luck to everyone else who is starting out like me.
Bonnie is fine now, so hope she will come out with me later. To the woods...!