So I genuinely am a fat person but I have recently lost 2 stone. I could never have imagined myself running but now I can manage. I must look a state but last week I broke through my feelings of shame, worry and embarrassment to give this programme a go. Since Jan I have upped general exercise (Les Mills classes) so I do two classes a week and keeping going at those for 45 mins has been ok so I have some level of fitness. I do 10000 steps weekdays as I have an active job. I don't look the weight I am, if that makes sense, but obviously my body knows it when I come to exercise.
This is background to my question as I am too embarrassed to ask any running friends who regularly do 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons.
I completed week 1 pretty much ok, very hot and sweaty and ready for the walks after 60seconds though! Tried not to think about the wobbly bits and the skinny men pounding the treadmills at the speed of light around me in my local gym. HR seemed to be 150ish during the running and 130ish in the walking briskly intervals between running.
Today I completed week 2 run 1, made sure I didn't go too fast like I did on the first bout of running then found it much easier and enjoyed it! I actually WANT Saturday to come so I can go again. You have no idea how strange that is for me to even write....
I have three questions:
1. I can't yet go outside. I feel I would cry with embarrassment. I know it's OK to stick with the treadmill but when I do eventually go outside (I'd like to try the park run one day far away) will it be much easier or harder? As I can't see the speed in front of me and run to it, how would I ensure I don't burnout? How do runners know how to pace themselves?
2. I need to work up to going outside as it would save me time when work is busy, not having to get in car drive to gym etc. Is it ok to combine inside on treadmill and outside at times or is it best to stick to one method only?
3. On rest days, am I ok to do my classes as usual or the cross trainer? Is there anything else I would be better to do? Or does rest day mean don't do any exertion at all? As I lose weight and get better at running I would like to get better at bending and flexing.
I'm in my 40s.
Thanks anyone for any answers/tips/encouragement X