I've done Edinburgh twice (giving it the benefit of the doubt). Found it as badly organised second time around. For me, the course is nothing spectacular and the finish is pretty appalling (or was in 2010/11). Lochaber is scenic, small field, cheap for accommodation & in my opinion the preferable race
I used the Pfitzinger and Douglas plan for my most recent marathon (12 week/up to 55 miles). They recommend some marathon pace within long runs at the early stages. This, along with the variety of sessions worked well for me.
Previously I'd done 4-5 runs a week with a tempo, mid week longer run, long, and easy miles. The variation in this plan allowed me to get a 14 minute PB on my 7th marathon. Worth a look in my opinion.
I've done Edinburgh twice and it's my least favourite marathon (compared with Lochaber, Moray, Amsterdam, Paris and Highland Perthshire).
Edinburgh has mixed reviews - it's mainly out of the city, running along the coastal road and i don't think it's great for spectators. I believe that there's no option for spectators to see you finish, and in my experience it's very congested trying to get your way put to meet people at the end (I'm around 4 hours).
Lochaber is a small field but a good course - great views of Ben Nevis on the way back in. Paris is cheap enough to get to on Eurostar & was run like clockwork. There's a Paris thread on here if you want more info. I'd definitely do either of these again.
Sorry things didn't go your way today Ryan. Good report though and some great running regardless.
15W - good parkrun! I ran yesterday in 22:48 (dressed as a seagull for a fridnd's hen night); was stung by a wasp that got inside my costume! To say the air turned blue is an understatement. I had to apologise to the stranger running next to me.