I agree, your goals sound very doable. I was in the exact same place early 2003....mid 30's, two young kids, 10 years off of running, etc. I also started with the run/walk (Gallagher) method in April, training for my first marathon in October.
This is a great method to get back into the sport & it allows you to increase distance much quicker than running by itself does. It also seems to help decrease the risk of injury.
If you follow this method, you shouldn't have a problem getting to the marathon. I found that a few 5ks & 10ks during training helped me to determine the best run/walk mix. Surprisingly, I was eliminating the walk breaks by the end of the summer & ran the entire marathon.
My advice is also not to go out to aggressive. The mileage will come & you'll prevent injury & burnout by letting it come on gradually. You've got enough time before your marathon to really enjoy training for it.
Best of luck & enjoy the process. The result is very rewarding!
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