Near the end of March, I stood 5'8" and weighed close to 260. (I'm not going to say 'neener neener neener' here). So I think I can speak authoritatively about overweight.
I believe my build is a little different than yours, but I still am packing an extra 60 lbs.
Yes, watch the nutrition aspects. One advantage of running is that it burns mucho calories compared to other activities. Since I started I lost about 16-18 lbs without really feeling famished. I have been altering my diet somewhat, but not to any rediculous extremes.
I know that as I get closer to my 'fighting weight' it will be much harder to take off the extra pounds, but I will be able to perform better simply because I will be working out without the extra 50 lbs worth of baggage.
A couple of emphasis points. First, get a checkup from your doctor. Second, like everyone else said, take it slow. The problem with a running injury is that it will keep you from running, but won't keep you from work. Which stinks! That will tempt you to undo all the good you did (that happened to me last year. I wasn't in serious training for anything, but I pulled a muscle and put on about 5 lbs).
For the first time, I would suggest the run/walk methods written about by Galloway and Bingham. (In my case, I've been working out for about 7 years now, and am running my marathon, but I try not to get stupid. If it starts to hurt, I walk)
One last bit, more on the philosophical side. Someone once said "You may be whatever you _resolve_ to be." Basically that implies a much greater committment than ''wanting' something or 'wishing' something. If you truly resolve to do this, then you will find yourself learning all you can (this is an intellectual task in addition to a physical task) and a training to the limit of your physical resources, including proper tapering. Then on race day, you _will_ complete the race.
BTW, which marathon? or have you decided yet. I only truly resolved when I plunked down my entry fee!
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