Today I did some upper body weights and 30 minutes on the eliptical.
ANYWAY, good luck with your race, slynny!
quetta- Good yoga! Its awesome, isn't it?!
rabid_child- Just hang out at the gym for awhile and eventually some beefy dude will come up to you and give you the rundown...they help me A LOT at my gym, but I work there, too. Maybe find yourself a work out buddy, or get a subscription to Muscle and Fitness Hers...they have some pretty good stuff in there.
siudhain- Alright, I'm not an expert, but maybe I can help direct you in the right, er, direction...you could check out www.runnersworld.com
the websites are loaded with info and also have forums where you can ask people who have more expertise.
Anyway, NDs advice is very good...do NOT overtrain. Last summer I overtrained heavily and wound up with plantar facitis and what appears to be cartilage damage in my knees. I don't want to discourage you from running- its just that my mistakes in overtraining have made it very difficult for me to run like I used to, and I don't want anyone to go through the same thing.
Now, as for how to train, as far as I know, the best two ways to do it are by time or by distance. As a beginner, you will probably want to do intervals of running and walking..I usually do 5 minute runs with 2 minute breaks when I do intervals. Or you could do half mile runs with 1/4 mile breaks...Basically, I think you can go out and establish your own intervals and there will be little chance of you hurting yourself if you can accuratley gauge your abilities. I would start out running intervals something like, 4 days a week, with plenty of rest, food, and water in between.
(I know, I'm a stickler for not overtraining...)