A few months ago, a discussion in the pub led to me discovering the C25K and entering a 5k Santa Dash. Dangerous places pubs.......
After completing the C25K a couple of weeks ago, I entered, and today completed my first ever race..albeit a Santa Dash. I finished a creditable mid table (far better than I'd hoped) and can almost say I enjoyed the experience of running with others. As headphones were off limits under the race rules, I missed my tunes, and knowing how far I'd gone, but there was a good atmosphere, and most of all I didn't feel out of place.
I know now that I need to set myself my next goal soon though in order to keep motivation for regular runs up and continue to enjoy the benefits my new found activity has brought.