I am 19 and considering starting up running in the very near future. My parents both run regularly and have run marathons etc. I'm not going to lie here, as well as the general fitness/health/mood improvements that are known to happen, I am interested in the effects it will have in my appearance.
I have been (trying) to improve my shape through gym work, I've tried lots of sports and even have an exercise bike at home. To be honest I don't seem to be able to stick at it very well at all. I don't like the gym environment, sports (such as fencing) can be really expensive and I get way too much distraction trying to exercise at home. I have a feeling running will be perfect for me, it's a very natural movement and with a bit of music doesn't have to be boring. Not to mention I go to university in Bristol which has some lovely big hills :S!
I am 5ft5, 7st 8, and as weak as a 10 year old. Despite being slender and light, I have absolutely no muscle tone, very skinny limbs and a bit of unsightly flab around my stomach and lower back that I would LOVE to get rid of because it seriously impacts on my self confidence (I can't even wear tight tops without feeling disgusting!). I was really wondering how I can expect running to impact on the way I look? Can anybody give me a bit of an idea?