After three weeks holiday in France, where I progressed through week 2 and 3, I have now just got home and completed W4 R1 in the local park.
This is a big step - on holiday I was running along the Nante Brest canal (see picture above) and was lucky if I saw more than one person and an odd fisherman - oh and one day an otter!!!. At home in my town it was a very different matter- although I left at 7 AM, there were people going to work, lots of dog walkers in the park and even a couple of runners looking far more seasoned than my 4 weeks.
The reason it was a big step? I am very self conscious about my size and was very worried that when out and about running I would be laughed at.
Brittany was 'safe' and very empty,and I managed to slot my runs into a daily routine easily. Back home making my way to the park this morning in my running gear I felt very vulnerable. But - no one laughed at me or gave me disbelieving stares, mainly I was ignored and I just got on with it. (although I kept zigzagging to avoid too close a contact with anyone!!)
I hope that I have started a new sustainable routine that will see me through beyond week 9. I feel very pleased with my self to have got this far.
Quite a toughy though the first W4 run - and I do run VERY slowly. Never mind at least I am doing it!!!