i'm new here, i've been reading your thread and I thought it was time to say hello. I'd been running 5Ks on a treadmill at the gym about 3 times a week for about 8 months and then about 3 months ago something changed (probably the weather) and I decided that running outside wasn't so scary afterall.
Since then i've been training for my first 10k race in Leeds, which is this Sunday! I've also entered the Abbey Dash in November and the Eccup 10 mile race in July. I'm hoping to finish in just over 50 minutes.
I can officially say that there is nothing that gives me a greater feeling of satsfaction than beating a personal best or going further than i've gone before.
Having read your thread, it's given me the confidence to think that I can train to do a half marathon, or anything I want!
Are the majority of you members of running clubs? I've been thinking about maybe joining one, but I still feel too inexperienced! What are the benefits?