I followed runnersworld.com 's beginner's running program when I started and had a good experience with it. There were a few times when I had to repeat weeks though because my body just wasn't ready to progress as quickly as the plan said I should.
Also, while you do need to run unbelievably slow in the beginning, I've read about (& experienced) the fact that running too slow can be painful for a females hips & knees. Something about the way our muscles connect .... In the beginning, it was quite a struggle for me to find a pace that made my hips, knees, heart & lungs all happy at one time.
Good luck to you. You can do it, just go slow and steady.
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