This is precisely the plan I suggested isn't good. Why? Because you never learn how to regulate your breathing if you are running/walking every 90 seconds.
The programs on maratontraing.com are good. I used them to train for my first marathon and I was starting from scratch. Beginning runners may find the programs a bit tough. I am also not a big fan of the run/walk routine. If you want to build endurance you need to go as long as you can and then walk if absolutely necessary. Focus on being able to run for 10 mins then 20, then 30. If you are goal driven you may also want to register for a 5k (3.1Mile) fun run. This will give you something to work towards. Good luck.Originally Posted by OregonAmy
If you're looking at just running 6-8 miles at a time and want to build up, here's a nice guide to get you there: http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_mile.html (Schedule I).
Goto a specialist running shop and ask. Not only will you find the right shoes for your feet they're almost garenteed to have non leather ones. I thought it would be much harder than it was, seems like most running shoes are actually non leather.