My first marathon was Walt Disney in 1999. Unlike many of the regulars on this web site, I am a firm believer in the walking breaks. My goal at WDW was to qualify for Boston (3:40 time) and so I joined up with the Runner's World Pace teams. For me, that was a mistake. He ran too fast and took walking breaks more frequently then I did.
If your goal is to just finish the distance, then don't worry about walking or running. DO what feels natural at the time. THe good thing about walking is that it gives the large muscle groups of your legs a chance to rest, which will increase your endurance.
As for the butterflies, running 10ks as suggested will help with the pre-race jitters. I still get nervous before big races, and I've been running since I was in high school. It never really goes away. What must be learned is how to harness the nervous energy for running and for speed.
good luck and enjoy. Your life will never be the same.
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