Oh yes, I'm going to make your friends pages suffer for the next twelve weeks, while I talk about my progression (well, hopefully) through the C25K program.
I decided that, while running was a good thing, doing it by myself was just not as structured as something like the Couch to 5K program. So i found the pod cast things of the music and the guy talking to you while you do it, and I started it yesterday.
Week 1 is running for about 25 minutes, with a 5 minute warm-up walk at the start, and a five minute easy walk at the end to relieve stressed muscles etc. During the actual running bit, you walk for 90 seconds, then run for 60 seconds, then walk for 90 seconds, etc... and the guy in the song queues you when you ought to get going and when to stop. So there's not much thinking that goes into it, and definitely no timing on your part. Which is a good thing, cause fiddling with your watch while you run is a pain in the ass.
So I started to run, and I was feeling breezy. At first I was thinking, Oh damnit this is going to be too easy! I run farther than this every time I go out!
But even though I was just running for 60 seconds, then walking briskly for 90, I eventually started to feel the strain a little in my legs. it must have been the pace at which I was walking, as well as the running.
This is a good thing - I was able to keep my pace without stopping for my shin splint this way. Usually when I run, I feel the splint in my left leg start to throb and then my leg will almost start to buckle (no matter how long I warm up for beforehand) under the strain of carrying my weight. So with this first week, I can rest my leg during the 90 seconds of walking and keep going. It really is more structured than my previous efforts.
Near the end of it I could feel my legs working hard, as well. So I have to run tomorrow and on Thursday, then proceed to Week 2 of the program! So far it's looking up!