When I first started running with C25K, I was hiding at home with baggy sweat pants on my treadmill but I soon ventured outside and found that there was no one waiting to laugh at me, in fact, people have either not noticed me or they have just smiled and said hello. A few marvellous people have even said "keep up the good work"! I started to go out in "running gear" at first feeling a bit self conscious but as I moved through the programme and even graduated, I was able to get a little more confident - high vis vest, head torch, running belt and now even patterned tights. I started running in quiet places away from others and now I run anywhere - round my housing estate and even through the town centre. My body and self confidence have grown so much. Massive encouragement from this Forum and acceptance of a 53 year old slightly chubby runner by the great British public - thanks to all. Are you finding running is boosting confidence? This is an early photo after a C25K run!