Hi Dreamz2, running a marathon is an excellent goal to work towards. Most marathon training schedules are 16 or 20 weeks so you have plenty of time to build up a good running base before you need to start extending your distance too much, if you are thinking of something in 9 months time.
10 minute miling for 30 minutes is an excellent start but be careful not to do too much too soon. I would look at running 3x weekly, 30 minutes if you can do it twice weekly and then gradually extend the third run up by 5 minutes each week until you're running about 60 minutes, run-walk if you need to, it is time on your feet, not the pace that matters at the moment.
If you are cramping (calves are a particular pain for this!) then stretching is often the answer, focusing in particular on your calves and hamstrings after each run.
Weight training is an excellent cross-training for running and you can work on legs, core and upper body too, which will help to injury proof you for when you start to really work on long runs. I find with marathon training that is not getting through the training that is the problem rather getting through the training without picking up an injury!
If you want to exercise every day then look at cross training options rather than running every day - yoga, cycling, swimming are all excellent choices and will help your running in the long term.
I don't know if you have a training schedule in mind but I have several links I can forward on to you if you need more guidance.
Very best of luck!
Edited by: ZOSBOS at: 11/1/2013 (15:46)
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