I've just started, but I'm actually reluctant to do much running for a couple of reasons:
* I'm a little self conscious about running outdoors, with my rubbish fitness levels.
* The weather is still pretty rubbish.
* The main problem for me, though is the intense boredom with nothing to occupy my mind. Music isn't really an answer for me, it's still just background noise and not enough to distract.
As such, I decided that my compromise would be to use my stationary bike whilst listening to radio plays or watching a film (using a c25k podcast with no music)... and follow c25k by transposing the walking for brisk cycling and the running for vigorous cycling.
I think I might venture out by week 4... hopefully by then, I will be less embarrassingly unfit, and the weather will have had time to mellow out a little. (Still doesn't solve my boredom issue though.)
Do you think that's ok? I believe I end up exerting the same amount of effort ... At any rate, I finish off all hot, sweaty and out of breath!
Or would everyone insist that I get out there and do the running?
Having said that, if I were more competent on the bike, I'd be tempted to continue using the bike outdoors (I only just started learning last year so I'm still pretty shaky).