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I desperately need some help...
I'm looking to start running, with a particular focus on 800/1500m.
I'm the perfect definition of 'beginner', with no experience at all (I assure you that I'm not simply jumping on the Olympic bandwagon - I've always wanted to do this, and 2012 has maybe given me the push I needed!).
Problem is, I have no idea where to begin. I have an athletics club nearby, but I'm wary about approaching them with the little experience that I have. So I thought about simply going to an athletics track, paying one-off entry fees but that's still a bit daunting as I have no idea how it works (e.g. sharing a track with others who are trying to train - how does everyone avoid getting in each other's way!?).
So do I begin by simply running on the roads like others? Or should I just bite the bullet and aim to run the distances that I want to run on track (I've been told that having a training partner is hugely beneficial)?
Please excuse my ignorance, but I'm finding it all a bit daunting! Any advice would be much appreciated