WildWill: I can't believe that it won't get any easier at all...ever....please say it's not true! Maybe you've forgetten what it is like when you are a complete beginner? I'm hoping that's true :-)
I prefer to believe what Scotty says (thanks Scotty!), it seems to make sense too that it just takes a while for your body to get used to what you're doing to it and adapt accordingly. I kind of know about that pain/pleasure thing from doing weights for several years.
Beth and Soozie: I thought the run/walk thing was a bit of a cop out too....isn't it? I thought I had to be and old soldier and just keep going no matter whether I felt like my legs were on fire and my lungs about to explode!
Dangly Spice: What you say makes sense but if I went any slower it would be faster to walk, I would get depressed if people were running past me :-( From what you say I think it will probably take about 8 weeks to feel better....I can live with that...thanks :-)
Go-slow: Well done on stopping smoking, I know how hard that is. I stopped 12 years ago, it was so hard I was nearly suicidal for the first day, it then gradually got better. How awful that is so easy to get hold of a substance that is so horribly addictive. Congratulations! ...and keep up the good work, thanks for your support also.
Mungus: I think you may be right, but I am the sort of person to always feel that if I'm not pushing myself hard then why bother.
I think I'm going to join the local running club and see what other beginners there are doing. Thanks again everyone, I'll let you know I get on.
You are a wonderful person! I've just read all through this thread. The fact that you took the time out to respond to my problems on a much less significant matter when you had all this to worry about shows what a great person you are. I'm sure that you'll get through this and come out the other side of it. My thoughts and best wishes are with you.
I'm running about 3 x 2 miles per week and will gradually build up from there. (I trained up to 4 miles over two months earlier this year and then stopped). Can anyone tell me when it will start to get easier?
At the moment my chest burns at the beginning for a while then my legs ache for a while then then pain in both subsides (after about 1/2 mile) but doesn't completely go away until after I've finished. I'm out of breath (but not really badly) all the way, I can talk but only about 2 or three words at a time.
I'm so looking forward to being able to run and actually enjoy it while I'm doing it rather than forcing myself round because I know that I'll feel good afterwards.
Thanks again to everyone for your support and stories. I was motivated to go out running again after the first messages of support: I ran 1 mile that evening. Since then I've done 3 x 2 mile runs over the last week so am back on track. Thank goodness. I feel dumb for letting such a small incident put me off...but hey I'm only human, well last time I looked I was anyway :-)
You are all right about the woman who heckled me, she can't be a very happy person if she gets her kicks trying to make people like me feel small. So I'm happy that I'm not like her in the least.