Galloway is the individual who seems most responsible for the "10 & 1" approach to marathons. His approach is focused first on completion and later on getting faster.
There are others who take a similar approach but I like his style. He has both "Galloway's Book on Running" and "Marathon You Can Do It" which seem like reasonable choices.
Start by doing some 5K and 10K races. You don't need to try to win, but if you don't enjoy running 10K in a group setting outside, doing a marathon would be hell.
To put things in perspective, earlier today a fellow who took up running at the age of 89 (or so the story goes) became the first centenarian to complete a marathon. He wasn't quick, but getting around the course even in eight hours is impressive if you're 100. That said, when a mere 92, he did the same course in 5:40, so time does take its toll.
The running calculator on this site indicates that if you can run 35 minutes for the 5K, you should look at a time of about 5:40 for a marathon if you have put in the miles building your endurance.
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