If training had gone well and Id racked up a few 20 milers id be tempted to full on race the half three weeks before and have the couple of miles warm up before. Still got 15.2 miles done but also a very clear idea what pace to target in Paris.
No idea what plan I'll follow for this year. Pretty much sod all running in the last 12 months and wont get a physio all clear for at least another 8 days so that limits what I can do as it'll be a complete standing start in terms of running base. May try and build a bit of a base then follow a 12 week plan.
On book recommendations I bought one recently called Build Your Running Body.
I already have a running body, but as it's now hidden beneath 34lbs of excess body fat I still thought it'd be useful
Some sections are very, very basic and others maybe contradict other books but there's still some good stuff in there - not least the strength and stretching sections which I've found interesting enough to motivate me to start.
You could follow a plan with 3 runs a week and add in a couple of x-training sessions on top, sort of in place of recovery runs. The purist in ne says that's lack specificity but if it keeps you keen then why not? Otherwise I find following a plan very very closely works - if the plan says do it then I do it, and the fitness gains and small pleasure of ticking off another run, keep me focused.