I never would have thought that I would get into running, I'm not the most confident person in the world and thought I would feel really self-conscious. But I bought some trainers, whacked my ipod on and just got into it. The more you run, the better habits you get into. You learn a lot along the way. I would now recommend always stretching fully after you run or you will feel it in your muscles. I had problems in my shins after running and have found that a protein snack/shake and lots of stretching really help. I always shower straight after running because you sweat so much (gross I know!) and it can give you bad skin. I also think my running posture is getting much better, you should run with relaxed shoulders.
I'm by no means an expert and still have a lot to learn and I know that there are people who can run much further and faster, but I feel proud of my achievements. I am so glad I started because I think it has built my confidence and taught me to go for more opportunities. You will always be sweaty and messy running, (as you can tell from my photos) so any vanity is out the window! I'm hoping to enter a 10K next to stretch myself even further, I think running is a bit addictive! I now run 5K 2 or 3 times a week. I don't time myself, I just run to keep fit and healthy and to switch off for half an hour!
What sports do you enjoy? Have you discovered something that has given you more confidence?