It is a bit of a stretch from 3 miles now to a marathon in april- do you run regularly? - it is a different situation if you run 3 miles every day , and have done for years, whereas if you have run 3 miles recently as a one off, and nothing else, you will just injure yourself even trying. Was the half marathon last year? if so, you may be able to build up to 10 miles a lot quicker than a real beginner, whereas if it was back in your "youth" ( don't worry- I'm a good bit older than you), you won't see the same benefits.
I suppose it is possible that you could drag yourself around the course, but more likely you'll either get injured and never make the start line, or failing that, the race itself will be so horrible that you'll never do another.
If you are going to try it, look at the "just get round" plans, find one that starts at something lke a level you can manage, and see how it goes, but you'd be better to aim for a marathon in the autumn or next year from your current level.
Plenty of plans out there that take about 16 weeks so will be OK for you if you start this week.
Your plan of adding a mile each week is rubbish though - dont try doing that.
Look up a proper plan that you feel you can fulfil.
Do you want to do it or is it just to keep your mate company? It's a lot of effort if your heart's not in it.
I missed the start, I was in the bar, I just joined in at the end!
Just do it - it will just hurt more with less pre-training. Its only 26.2 miles afterall.
Of course you can do it, if you've managed a half already you have ages to get the rest, your question seems to be more about how you get there, adding a mile each week is useless, you need to get going on Long slow runs
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