MandM: Believe it or not but before Berlin I actually only ran twice a week. What I did was to follow the Furman / First program, but remove the speed works. But I also train boxing twice a week. It gives strong core and legs which is great for running.
Before Rome I plan to follow the same structure, ie the two sessions from Furman/First and two boxing classes, and then add a "junk miles" run in a length of about 7-8 miles just to get the mileage up.
There is a thread about Furman/First and running three days a week here which i recommend you to take a look at:
Adidas and also New Balance seem to need an extra 1/2 when you order.
I think this is because the way they translate the UK and US sizes. My size in running shoes is normally UK 11, which in most cases equals US 12. But in Adidas and NB a UK 11½ equals US 12. Because of this I always go for the US size when I order online.
MandM: I am following a 16 week training schedule based on three runs a week. So far I mainly do the mileage and don´t care about the speed, but my plan is to speed up in the begining of next year when the holidays are over.
I did 3.40.26 in Berlin and my goal is to cut some time from that. I will say I target something like 3.38-3.39. My main concern is that we start to get a lot of snow in Sweden which means that I will bulid up my mileage on soft snow. As there seems to be some cobblestones on the course I see a risk of sore legs, or even injury.
I also keep an eye on the official Serie A website to see if the Lazio-AC Milan fixture will be moved to saturday or sunday evening. Would be great to include the game in the trip.
anniesophie: Stockholm is not a flat race. You have to run over a large bridge twice and the section that goes out on the island Djurgården is a bit hilly. I will say Stockholm is a bit on the tougher side when it comes to city marathons. However, it´s a nice and well organized race but it ain´t fast.