I have been running within the safe environs of my local gym but that has suited me well. I like to know the speed i'm running at and felt i'd slack off on my speed on the open road. Knowing me, i'd justify my slow speed saying that the path was too wet/dry/muddy/pebbly/bumpy!
The treadmill doesn't give me the option of excuses! I can set it at the correct speed and then just concentrate on running or brisk walking.
However since joining this community and reading your posts, i've decided to try running in the outdoors. Still not sure of the looks i may get but you never know till you've tried it.
Thanks for giving me the confidence now.