This schedule, to me... seems like it is quite ambitious for someone "coming off the couch". I was in your shoes around January of this year. I too came off the couch, or rather, from behind the desk, to start my training.
The schedule you listed, to me, is waaay too quick of a build-up program. Plus, they don't allow for enough rest days. 6 days of running just seems like way too much. Especially for someone that hasn't run before in their life.
The program that I'm on is one from marathontraining.com. I like what Art has to say. He says you need to first become a runner, and enjoy running, then you can tackle the task of trying to run a Marathon.
This is not to discourage you at all, I simply don't want you to get injured.
Here is what I would suggest... start out with This walk-to-run training schedule(click). Notice this schedule is found on the same site as the other schedule :).
Then... once you've finished that schedule, I would move on to This schedule 1 from marathontraining.com(click). It's a really good build-up schedule, and it really allows you to have fun at running and learn to become a runner first.
If you want, from there, you can then go on to This schedule 2 @mt.com (click). This is the schedule that would build up to your actual Marathon.
I worked out for 3 months running and biking and doing the eliptical machine before I found the Schedule 1 program. I started there because I felt like I was already in a half-way decent shape. I ended up injuring myself, and had to restart my training all over again. I wish I would have followed the above schedules. It allows you to build up without hurting yourself.
I am currently back on schedule 1(click it, it shows my progress on my personal web page). And really enjoying it.
I think this is probably the best way to go for you. If you have any questions, feel free to email me and I'll try and answer them as I can.
Best of luck to you!!! And give yourself a pat on the back for wanting to get a new fit and healthy lifestyle.
my site: http://occy.net/
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