Finally, conquered my fears and smashed the gremlins and did my first public appearance as a runner. Went to quiet park not far away from where I live, used mainly for sports and stuff. I have picked soccer pitch far away from people and decided to run circles on the grass. Nice sunny weather after few drops of rain, just occasional dog walker passing by. I had my 7-year old son with me for a support (nice day in the park for those father-son moments). He followed me for first 2 rounds, but then probably got bored and played with the ball after that, while I continued running/walking. However, just before the last round I had to pause the session due to my son's toilet emergency. After that I continued with the last round, with slightly higher pace trying to make up for the lost time. I was sweating, puffing and what not, but one minute and 30 seconds later it was all over. Real sensational feeling of accomplishment and pride.
So things weren't quite as planned, but the bottom line is, I did it! Feels so good, no 'tears in the park', but really, really good.