I will tend to agree with what most people are saying on this - there's no ideal for everyone (no - one size fits all). I think that if you are going for a race, especially longer ones such as half/full marathons, it is a good idea to follow a plan but you can do this roughly and not get hung up on missing any particular sessions - don't try to "catch up" - you will only get injured. I think it is important to get a good variety of runs in - mixing speed runs with longer slower ones. After all there are always other things going on in life. I know I could probably do a 3:30 marathon if I stuck rigidly to the training plan but real life does not allow me to go out more than four times a week most of the time.
I believe in avoiding violence unless necessary for self-defence. I used to have a bit of a temper which I am sure I inherited from my dad (as well as being brought up in a family where shouting was the norm). I got CBT a few years ago and am much calmer and less stress - running has also helped loads. At the end of the day I don't go looking for trouble and I won't supply it to those who are looking for it but will take necessary and proportionate action if I/family/close friends are threatened.
Totally hate smoking now after having given up about 11 years ago. I was only an occasional social smoker but don't understand how I started in the first place (when I was about 20) - especially when I used to preach to my dad (who incidentally died in 2011 of lung cancer aged 76 and was on 40 a day) about the evils of smoking when I was a kid . I now find the smell of it from others nauseating and it is much better now in the pubs - I can enjoy the occasional pint and know that I don't have to wash all my clothes the following day to get rid of the "pub stench".
I used tro get quite bad black toenails. A few suggestions/observations:
keep your nails as short as possible - carefully check and cut them back not long before you have a long run/race.
I have noticed that going downhill can exacerbate the problem.
If you get a blood blister underneath a nail, this means that the nail bed has been damaged; it will then most probably go black and you end up with a "dead" nail with the new one growing underneath. If this happens hang onto the old nail for as practically possible - but If you get a thickening, what I do is I gently file off any excess nail to keep the profile of the nail low as this can catch on the inside of a shoe and exacerbate the problem. The old one will eventually come away but don't over-force it.
One thing I have found helpful on longer runs is just dabbing a bit of vaseline around toes that are prone to going black - this reduces the friction. I have found in the last year or so that although my mileage has increased, taking these measures have reduced the incidences of black/painfull toenails (although I did get a bit of a blister by the nail of the second toe on my right foot after completeing a XC marathon last month).