I downloaded a training plan in mid-January that could have served as a great beginner plan. The long runs started at 6 miles. The plan follows the principles of progressive cycles, giving the body a chance to recover over the 4 week cycles. Unfortunately I have had a couple of setbacks with gout issues in January and travel in February. Plus the weather the past 6 weeks has forced a lot of time on the treadmill.
Last week was my highest mileage since September 2010 and consisted of a mere 12.8 miles. The training plan calls for 15-16 miles in week 1 and 19-21 miles during week 5 which I am currently in. I am hoping to stay healthy and continue running 4 times each week. If I can manage that and include a weekend long run, I will feel much better about the Denver Marathon which is now 82 days away.
I am still not certain of a finish, but I certainly appreciate the nice weather and healthy legs.