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So, what to do? There is so much advice out there, I'm a little confused. Right now I train 5 to 6 times a week. I body build twice and I run on the other days. I run in the week, on a treadmill. I run 4 miles. Sometimes I fartlek train....hate it, but it has increased my minute miles. I run between 8 to 9 minute miles. When I run at 8, I always feel like I'm going to die. On a weekend I try to run anything between 6 to 8 miles. Weekends have not been consistent lately, due to having a 6 year old and a 1 year old to look after!. However, I run more than I do not and not training is like emotional torture. I think I'm fairly fit (but not marathon fit) and in terms of marathon's, I'm a beginner. I have ran half a marathon in 2011, but I was slow, 2hrs 10m. But at least I know what it takes to train for distance. So, what should I do now? The marathon programme I have is a Novice 2 from Hal Higdon. I like his simple, straight forward programme. I was thinking of starting it in mid December as that would be 18 weeks before the marathon. I was going to get 'running fit' starting next week and try to get up to 13 miles in about 7 weeks. Is that too much? He doesn't mention in his programm Fartlek training, whereas I know this has helped me with my minute milers? I also plan on sometimes weight training in my lunch hour and doing my runs in the evening. I can run home from work, which is 8 miles. I can just see myself over training though, because rest is like a dirty word in my vocabulary. I also know I probably need to cut down on the wine. I do like half a bottle with dinner most evening and then weekends, well...the skies the limit! I'm also really afraid of putting on weight. I recently lost 9lbs, which took my down to a size 6. I've now put on about 5lbs and I can't bare the thought of putting on more because of marathon training. Aaaaaaahhhhhh...how can I complete this challenge, stay toned, fit and skinny! Anyone if the same boat? Much sought after advice needed!