SBD - Re: P&D - yes, totally agree with SF, definitely adapt it! I'm moving the days around, including my club speedwork and doing my own race schedule. It'll be interesting for us to compare notes, although maybe slightly confusing as I've mixed it up so much!
ps. Are you sure doing 55-70 mpw off a previous max of 30 mpw is wise? Not that I'm criticising, just wondering...
The rest idea is an interesting one. I don't think I'll be doing it quite so extremely, but I must admit having had a couple of manic months I am feeling much better after a couple of days doing not very much and having long lie-ins! Ice here has forced all runs to be done at a very easy pace too.
MM - agree our times from last year are very similar but think comparing our progress will be interesting as my strength is definitely endurance (I am not speedy!) whereas you seem to do really well at the shorter events. I actually followed the RW sub-3.15 schedule (with slightly adjusted paces) last year and thought it worked pretty well. However I thought the mileage was quite low so I upped it a bit. I'm planning on doing something loosely based on the P&D 55-70 mile a week schedule this year.
I'll be following your progress with interest. I managed 3.16.57 at London last year having trained for 3.20 but then felt good on the day and went through halfway in 1.37, then suffered from heat-induced cramp which slowed me down after 20 miles. Have managed to get a champs start place through an autumn half time (1.28), and definitely want to go sub-3.15 this time (although will be probably be aiming for somewhere in the 3.05-3.10 bracket if training goes well).
Nope not yet, my cheque has definitely been cashed though so I'm assuming it'll turn up at some point. Might be just random chance but last year my GFA acceptance pack turned up a few days after all the ballot people got theirs.