Well, after many weeks of being told how wonderful it is to be running outside, how fab it is, how much better it is, etc etc I tried it this morning and am now a completely broken woman. I only managed 20 minutes niko niko style, all of them painful, then had to stop as my calves felt like they were on the point of explosion....as did my lungs.
I'm going to take a few days/weeks off (depending on how long it takes for my body to feel like it belongs to me again!) then start again back on my trusty 'mill. Right now I literally can't straighten my legs they are so painful, my knees and hips are shot, and my back is in agonising spasm. Prescription strength Co-codmaol is not even touching it and I just pray I haven't done some permanent damage to my already fragile spine as there's no more surgery available for me. One massive step backwards, sad to say.
I was on grass and pretty much on the flat too, but it made no difference at all. The pain started just a few minutes in and gradually built to a crescendo at 20 minutes that was so bad I had to stop and call my husband to come and pick me up. I was literally nearly sick in the car!
Horrible expdrience, so it looks like I will remain a committed treadmill girl and stuff the Park Runs!