Starting a running routine can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you don't feel that you are a natural born runner. The thing is though, like all new things you try, you've just got to start off slow, and know that we are pack animals. Often, it is way more fun to run with a group.
Finding a running group could be the motivation you are searching for to dust off those sneakers. If you check out local newspapers, libraries, health food stores, and sporting goods stores, you're bound to see listings for running groups. There are groups out there for all levels of runners. You can get pretty specific and find women only groups, or even new moms with strollers groups.
Regular meeting times and the group dynamic will motivate you to get on an exercise schedule. Chances are high there will be other newbies there too, so you won't feel intimidated. The best part is that running with a group is an awesome feeling. If at any time you feel like you can't make it another foot, somebody will be right there to encourage you to exceed your personal limitations. The energy of the group is really inspiring.
Plus joining a running group is a great way to make new friends that share your healthy goals. I bet you can even swap healthy snack and dinner ideas. They may even persuade you to make other healthy goals, like to sign up for a 5K run. Running with others can make an otherwise boring activity seem much more fun, and when you're having fun, the time will go by much faster.