The impact of running is hard on the body, and it takes a long time for your leg muscles and tendons to adapt to the impact.
I'd strongly recommend a Couch to 5K plan as the best way to get into running. These programs work through progressively increasing intervals of running and walking, and allow your body enough time to adapt to the stresses and impact of running.www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/training-progr
The gradual nature of these programs significantly reduces the risk of injury or shin splints that you have experienced before.
Most experts recommend adding 10% to your distance each week, which allows you to double your distance every 8 weeks or so.
It is also generally recommended that rookie runners keep their running to just 3 days per week, which fits pretty well with your intended workout program.
There's nothing wrong with the goal of a half marathon, but you will need to allow a time frame of about 6 months for it, rather than February.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
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