I am interested in running in the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I want to be a completer, not a competer. I looked at some web sites that have training schedules for beginners, but I am so out of shape that I can't even do the first week schedule. I figure I need about 2 months of training before I can get to the beginner stage. My current goal is to run 1 mile without muscle pain in my legs. My best run/walk was 1 mile in 13 minutes, 17 seconds, with moderate pain. I have been stretching before starting and it seems the more I stretch, the less pain I experience. Although I am serioius about this, I have to consider the possibility that I will not participate until the 2007 race. Do you have interesting experiences, or helpful hints for me?