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Where I am... Have dabbled in running in the past including 3 marathons all around the 4:50 mark, but I didnt go full throttle at all with the training. Have been bang on it for the last 6 months, did 20:55 for a park run this morning and 46:33 for 10k last Sunday. If you told me I would acheive those times at Christmas I would have thought you were mad, training clearly does pay off. Put them in a calculator and it suggests, with training, I can do a 3:30 marathon. The plan... Start a 16 week plan on Monday, I am going to start on the chss 3:15 plan as this gives times and distances instead of vague effort levels. First week is easy then it gets tough, particularly the Tuesday speed sessions(which I plan to do on a treadmill). I have been on the wagon for 2.5 weeks and plan to stay on the wagon for the next 16 weeks. Strangely I have looked extensively at what is involved in this 3:15 plan and it will be tough, yet doable, I dont however think I have a cat in hell's chance of a 3:15 marathon, the goal is sub 3:30 and I will be as happy as larry. If I am struggling I shall move to the 3:30 training plan. After the race... A weeks holiday somewhere warm, get p1ssed and lots of nice food. I shall post my progress on here and look forward to hearing any advice. Wish me luck.