Safety Precautions that you currently take when training outside: Run with sis or if alone, tell her where I'm going & when I'll be back.
Any good advice you have received: Shock Absorber bras are the only way to go.
Any situations which turned hairy or could have turned hairy had you not reacted: Hmm, not really. Get leered at by passing cars a whole lot (aforementioned shock absorber a must!), get heckled by teenage girls - I have NO idea why!
Any other comments or stories you wish to share: Why oh why do cars always stop to ask for directions? I was out one evening in the pouring rain, as you do, and a car passed by a whole row of people standing waiting for the bus, and stopped me to ask directions! So, what, I'm supposed to stand there and get rained on while the busstop people stay nice and dry under their umbrellas and the driver sits in the nice warm car? I just don't get it....
Hi Ian, Good luck with it! I started off on a run/walk program, walk for a bit, run for a couple of mins until you're out of breath, walk to recover, and so on - have a look at the training section on this site. Don't try to do too much too soon or you could end up stiff & sore and not want to continue! I ran/walked for about 6 weeks until I could comfortably for 45 mins at a time and built it up from there. Distance v. time - I would worry about that when you feel comfortable running. Above all, enjoy yourself..
Oh, do it! It'll be the best thing you've ever done. Set yourself a goal, say to run a 10k in 3 months times, a 10 mile run a couple months after. If you take it in small steps it doesn't seem so huge.
That's what I did in Feb this year with the ultimate goal of running the Dublin marathon in October in mind. I hadn't run in 4 years, was a heavy smoker and overweight and I managed it... if I can YOU CAN!
If you can get yourself somebody to run with it's great motivation. All you need is determination and the ability to overcome your own fears..