Running outside is miles and away better than the monotony of the dreadmill!
When I transferred from inside to outside running, I had the same fears and anxieties.
Then when I discovered the freedom of being able to go where I want, take a turn here, decide to go straight on there, tackle that hill coming up, etc.... I found out how exhilarating outdoor running is.
And I was also pleasantly surprised to see how many other like minded people there are out there!
So my advice is just forget what other people might think: that's their problem. Your main focus is to enjoy what you're doing and believe me, you will once you take that initial plunge.
But yes I agree with previous posters: it is so very different from dreadmill running, so don't be disheartened if you can't manage to run for as long as you normally would - stick at it, take it slowly to start because of the change in running surface, and have fun!
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