Here's what I always tell the peeps who come to me with the "I want to start running" questions...
1. Hardest part is getting out the door. Get off the couch, go outside, the rest will fall into place.
2. In the beginning, your goal should be to run, continuously, for 30 minutes. Dont worry about speed, pay no attention to "how far" you ran. Its all about time.
3. Start with 3 10:00 run/walk intervals to get you to your 30 minute goal. 9:00 walking, 1:00 running. 4 days a week. then next week 8:00, 2:00, etc. Adjust as necessary if too easy or too hard.
4. Come see me when you can run continuously for 30 minutes, and we'll go from there.
...nobody ever comes back
The hardest part in starting a running program is the first 3 months. This is where you will decide to stick out the pain, suffering, and misery or give it up.
it does get easier after ~3 months!! The workouts may get HARDER, and they will, but your body is adept at teh training load you are putting on it.
Give me 3 months, I'll give you the world!!
Luncthime....out for an easy 6.