Tmoth I'm a P&D convert & certainly don't have natural speed. I would say endurance is more important than speed for the marathon, the threshold & MP sessions are they ones in P&D, the VO2 max stuff is more for sharpening & making MP feel easier.
I don't think a marathon campaign is the time to be working on your speed if it's an area of weakness, how much is it going to improve over 12-18 weeks? Unless of course you're really going for it on the speed sessions, but if you're working that hard on pure speed then it's going to mean your missing out on working on another trait more important to marathon success. It's part of the reason I only do the one marathon a year, I like to dedicate the summer to shorter stuff & do more regular speed sessions then, hopefully that then benefits the next marathon campagin
TT - I think I'm another with a definite endurance bias, I know a few local runners who would beat me over 5-10k but once we get to a half marathon then the tables turn. I will have a look at the schedule & what follows the week after to see if it's worth saving the legs. There is a 20 mile race on my doorstep that day, possibly worth doing that as a training run with some at MP.
TT - Interesting thoughts on the long runs, in my previous two campaigns I've gone no longer than 22-23m & negative split both marathons. I've stepped up to P7D 70-85 this time & this has me doing a long run of 24 miles. I think that would probably take me longer than my target marathon time, maybe over the top then?
Jools - Congratulations on the team gold & great individual improvement
Padams - Is that the Gade Valley organised training runs? I've heard good things but never been along, quite the turnout.
Wardi / TickTock - Nice 20+ miles banked
ES - That's a tough session & you're not far off the pace already, plenty of time left to sharpen the MP up. I had similar struggles with the MP sessions last year as I always have the last 1.5 miles up hill & was close to a total blow up a couple of times. This year I've taken to driving a couple of miles & altering the route to ensure a fairly flat MP section.
I had the same session as ES, planned to run the MP section by heart rate but the HRM went loopy after about 6 miles so it was on feel. The last 3 miles were a bit of a sufferfest but really pleased with the average for the MP section coming out at a 6:07 average
CD - I meant a solo effort . The lad who won turned to me after about 50 metres & asked what time I was going for, he was clearly unimpressed with my response as he shot off into the distance, 3rd place was just as far behind. The next 'race' I won, however I'm pretty sure I was the only person taking it seriously, everyone else was just there as part of a charity fun run