Richard: As you may understand from my nick English is not my native language so I think I was a bit unclear. What I meant with "hard" was that I think that there is a risk that the longest runs may do more damage than build up. The positions of the long runs in the program also look a bit unbalanced in my view, but once again, I´m not familiar with the plan and to be honest I´m not an expert either.
I´m going to do this as well. Have been to Barcelona a couple of times during the summer months but never did the marathon. Staying in a hotel near The Ramblas which is close to a metro stop so shouldn´t be har to make it to the starting area on race day.
Richard 2: I´m not familiar with that program but I think the design looks okay. Speed seems to be added later in the program. The only thing that seems to be a bit strange is the long runs. There seems to be four runs that goes over 30 km/18 miles and they are quite spread out. Two of them are 24,4 miles, which is nearby the full marathon distance, and supposed to take 3.30 to do. This sound a bit hard to me.
I recived my annual "We regret that we have to advise you that your application to run in the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon has not been successful" email today. It has to be pointed out that I´m in the overseas ballot though.
Anyway, I didn´t expect anything else to be honest. Probably do Barcelona instead, or maybe Rotterdam or Hamburg. Can recommend those of you who didn´t get a place to do Paris. It´s a great event.