So I graduated last week and went for my first outdoor run today. I fully expected it to be a bit more difficult than the treadmill, but I was not expecting the utter sense of failure that has followed!
After an initial warm-up, I think I only ran for about 6 minutes before succumbing to a walk; after that I interspersed running and walking but when I was running I just got so out of breath so quickly! I suspect I was going too fast, but don't really have a clue what my pace was ... I also don't know how far I went - anyone know of any handy websites that would help me track that on a map (note I was in a park so maps that are limited to roads won't help)? Next time I'll wear my phone on an armband or something.
I don't know where to go from here. I really really want to do a park run, but would just embarrass myself if I went without feeling a bit better prepared. What should I do? Keep trying to run outdoors, or just stick to what I know and try to get my pace up in the gym? A relatively new friend at work has offered to come running with me and I think it sounds like she might be good at helping me set a steady pace (she does 5k in about 40 mins which is about what I'm on track to do at my 'gym' pace ...). But will I just end up feeling more of a failure if I can only handle a few minutes of running with her too?
Sorry for the rambling post. I'm hoping someone on here can help!