Michelle, I am absolutely shocked at the reactions of the trainers
. I can't believe they refused to show you or give you a running plan, considering that was the reason you hired them in the first place. IMO I don't think you need a PT to get you started jogging on the tready. The treadmills at the fitness first I go to has an interval program or you can program it yourself, is this similar to the one at your gym, which you could use? To start with I would definitely suggest intervals of walking and running. Start out slowly and gradually increase your running. For instance you could do 1 minute jogging at a speed you are comfortable with (8 is a nice slow speed) and then 2 minutes of fast walking and keep alternating for 20-30 minutes. Do this 3 times a week and then gradually increase your running time. As you will be running on a treadmill, the chances of injury are lessor than outdoor running as the tready helps propel your body forward and has spring in the rotator belt thing, which lessons impact. One thing you have to be weary of is developing shin splints. Girl you can so do this!
To stop the gym becoming boring do a variety of different classes ( you probably already do this) and just mix and match from your ordinary routine.
Have you got a couple of flights of stairs you can run up and down? My trainer makes me do this - what a work out.
AND NO- there is nothing wrong with Jogging!
to the trainers to even imply that. Every form of exercise has a risk of injury not just running