I too read somewhere not to stretch before heading out for a jog but to fully stretch when finished. The beginners index is great and has helped me to go from a standing start to 45 min runs in about a month. I think the watchword here is gentle start, let your bones and joints get used to the pounding, increase work load steadily and rest inbetween runs (ie don't run every day to start off with)
Welcome to the madhouse - as a newbie too I'm loving it here ;)
A belated kick up the derriere for Raga (did you get out after all?).
Anyhoo- the main reason for checking back in is the completion of my next milestone - done a 45 minuter tonight - still managing the average HR at the mid 150's on the long slow runs and my mid week runs are getting faster too. Steady progress and ever onwards to the next one - a full hours running. Thanks all.