This is a controversial question because so many marathoners lament over undertrained runners entering races and not respecting the distance. You're really not ready and don't have time for a good effort. The rule of thumb is to have run 20 miles per week for 6 months before entering a standard 18 week training program. If you've never knocked off a long run of 10-13 miles, you'll probably in a for a world of hurt and probably injury with only a 9 week program. But that's up to you and its not impossible. If you do go for it, I would use the halhigdon.com novice program and jump in at week 7 or so then try to keep up. Try not to skimp on the long runs, but take an extra day of rest mid week if you have to. To shorten the program, I would use a 2 week taper, not 3. Perhaps you can ramp up to only an 18 mile long run, rather than 20. During the race, pace yourself really, really slow, walk through the aid stations, and hold on at the end. Good luck.
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