I'd really appreciate some advice if that's ok: I've been away from regular running for about 6 months now and due to some massive changes in work and lifestyle I've gained a lot of weight due to poor eating habits (mainly due to struggling to adjust to a new lifestyle). I've tried to keep to some kind of gym programme (cardio mainly) since I moved house but I don't enjoy it and I'd love to get back running again. My problem is that I've gained a lot of weight and I'm now 4 stone over my ideal weight (OUCH!). I ran the London marathon last year and I was a couple of stone overweight then but there's a difference in being overweight and fit and overweight and not fit. So my question is, is it ok to start some kind of jogging/run/walk programme outside or should I address the excess weight issue first? I've been given a clean bill of health by my GP but no specific advice on if running will be damaging for me because of the extra fat I'm carrying. I do have "issues" with food which I won't go into here but if I were running regularly I think it would help. But I've got to be realistic here - no point in getting injured.