I used to get terrible blisters under the arches of both of my feet a couple of years ago. I ended up getting trainers with minimal arch support and took the insoles out and replaced them with thinner ones. This stopped the blistering, but now 3 years and 2 marathons later, the bones of my feet (in particular the tarsus bones) ache when running any distance. I'd now caution against removing insoles and support. I'm going to a podiatrist next week to see what they say about it - I'd advise she does the same. I'll let you know if he tells me anything of interest!
I ran my first marathon last year and in 6 months i went from a 10k runner to the full thing. I remain injury free.
I reckon you'd easily be able to run the marathon by June... Building up gradually is better i agree, but don't let that put you off, if you're dedicated enough to your training you'll be fine! Sign up to the full one in June!!
A year later - I'm in training for my second marathon and admittedly i am faster than i was last year, so there are benefits to a longer build up.
You certainly do not need to do a 20 mile run each week!
Yeah i think you're right - i could definitely be eating more protein. I might try having less carbs at night. I'm off to the shops at lunch time to get fruit and veg to snack on during the day - i have basically just been having 3 meals a day, but i think little and often is the way forward instead.
I used to drink a lot of Coke Zero - 1 or 2 cans a day, but i've cut that out completely now and just drink water or squash. I think i just about drink the 2 litres of water a day. I don't drink tea or coffee and barely drink alcohol - i usually have none, but on the odd week i'll have 2 or 3 units.
I tried green tea for the first time this morning and it was just too bitter for me, so i'll switch to the peppermint instead!