I have been hovering around Week 2 for a while now and my next run, after having had a break this week, will be Week 3, run 1.
I have been doing this on the treadmill, but the longer the runs get, the more boring it is becoming for me. My intention was to get up to a certain level of fitness on the treadmill, over the winter months, then start running outside in Spring, when my running is more efficient and I am less Dumbo and more Bambi-esque.
I see runners outside and secretly I wish I could be one of them. They seem so agile and graceful. When I run outside I feel (at 33 lbs overweight) heavy and ungainly, and incredibly self-conscious. This embarrassment is the main reason I won't run outside at the moment. Other reasons - it's cold, wet and miserable, dog poo, squidged slugs, broken pavements, random wheelie bins and recycling tubs strewn across pavement. (But of course these "reasons" could just be excuses - and I could run in my local park)
I did start my runs outside in the park, sporadically (and with my husband in tow), and repeated two Wk 1 runs on my own in the park, and one Wk 2 in the streets where I live. I enjoyed the park runs more, but felt uncomfortable breaking into a run when there was someone walking past me, in front of me, or behind me! Totally irrational I know but there it is!
In the gym, I am less self-conscious, probably because I don't feel like I am the most unfit person in there! I do a bit of weights, then my treadmill run. BUT..... as I said before, it is getting a bit boring now, and travelling without actually arriving somewhere is starting to do my head in a bit - you miss out on the thrill of covering a certain distance from point A to point B, taking in some scenery along the way, having fresh air!
Lately I have also been wondering whether the treadmill is actually "proper" running, since I do not feel as though I am propelling myself forwards in the same way as outside and when I do run outside, I find it much more challenging.
Anyway I am stuck on the threshold of Wk3. Help me to get out of the house please!!