I read this article just after going out into the big bad world on my first run in January - the first time I've run in about 10 years. And even then it had previously only been in the gym on a treadmill. I was very demoralised at how little I could manage and thought I was making a huge idiot of myself.
This article got me smiling and motivated again and tonight I'm going out for run no. 19 of 2013! In just over four weeks Ive gone from only being able to run for 2 minutes to being able to run for 25 mins and am on course to do my first ever 5K run in March. Hopefully in under 35mins. That's not bad for someone who also only gave up the cigarettes for good last September.
I'm loving this new challenge (and all the new gear) despite the sweat, shin splints, freaky runners high and frustration at not being able to glide along, rosy cheeked and serene like some of them I see who are good enough to go out in daylight. Imagine, in broad daylight! I'm still at the 'running in hours of darkness, florrid, sweating, flailing mess' but I'll get to the gliding yet, you see if i don't.
Good luck everyone - get off your arse and get to it