Hi cooljoe - slow down! The Kenyans have a saying - let the run come to you. Your first 15 minutes should be in first gear - view the running as one one-legged posture stance after another with a VERY short stride length. Try this - go through the first two of your three steps (posture, feel your feet landing underneath you) and start to gently jog in place. Very tiny steps! Then do the third step (fall from there) but fall (while staying tall) just enough to start moving forward. It won’t take much and it’s about when you feel pressure under the balls of your feet that you allow the feet to pick up. Move this way in tiny steps for 15 minutes, and if you start to get winded, slow down.
When you walk, instead of breaking into a run for the second 15, start walking faster, keeping your stride length short and keep increasing the cadence til you just have to start jogging. Stay easy and allow the run to come to you.
If you don’t have the Chi Walk-Run DVD, I highly recommend it, along with a metronome to help keep that steady beat. http://store.chiliving.com/DVDs-all/Chi-Walk-Run-DVD-Program
Let us know how it goes.
Certified Chi Running and Chi Walking Instructor