Thank you ALL so much for your advice and tips. My colleague at work yesterday mentioned the couch to 5K app and also park runs as a way to get motivated on your own or in a group.
Andrew G - nope I havent run outside before other than with colleagues once (the bad run) and of course when doing Cross Country at school a loooooooooong time ago Even then I managed to cheat with short cuts! As for how I failed - well after 10 minutes I was very much out of breath, slowing my colleagues down who were jogging on the spot waiting for me to catch up, and they even managed to hold a conversation while running where as I was gasping for breath. And of course I have good running shoes for treadmill running and even outside. I've done gait tests and my running is fine.
Just need to be confident with the outdoors. Fingers X!
I've recently gone into overdrive at work and finding less and less time to visit the gym and do my usual 5K run which i'd do 4-5 x per week.
It is time consuming and so I thought what better way to run than for free, whenever I want, and when I get home from work i.e. run outdoors.
I've tried it once (went with running club at work at lunchtime) but failed miserably after 10 mins. My admiration immediately shot up for all of you who run outdoors especially those who run to work, dodging pedestrians and the like.
So, my query is this - having failed once spectacularly, what tips can you please give me to start running outdoors?
I want this to be a new years resolution and I want to experience the fresh air of...errr, London (!)
In the past several weeks I have ran approx 3 times per week only about 5-7K each time, and that, on a treadmill.
Last week I started getting knee pain predominantly in my right knee on the front only (knee cap) and then sometimes in the lower leg shin.
I did a fair bit of walking (due to the lovely weather) to and from work over the past few days in decent shoes and the pains become discomforting to the point it's been keeping me awake at night.
I saw a (extremely young) physio for a "free 15 min consultation" and he said its not joint related but the muscle from the right knee to the thigh has tightened over time and this is causing the pain and lower back pan (i also have been getting that). I was relieved. He suggested stretching twice a day, easing off the running and practical shoes when walking. He also said I could use an icepack and gave me biofreeze gel.
I just wanted to know from you runners whether the above advice sounds correct? Or should i be looking to see a specialist sports physio or anyone else?