I am an absolute novice in the sport and out of shape. Something about the sport has inspired me to take it, maybe it is the challenge to push our bodies to their limits. Right now l am walking 6 km a day, conditioning my body so that eventually l can get into running 5k. I would like to know what else l can do in my training as a novice ? What mistakes should l avoid ? How do you balance other commitments (engineering school for me) with training ?