You could accept that despite your best efforts you are still going to look like a twat and embrace it by wearing a lucozade top 10% t shirt or just get "eat my dust you pathetic loser" written on the back in big reflective letters. That should do it.
So strides are back in fashion eh Westy? I have not been doing them either except for the other night that is, when I did. Hope that helps.
I approach P&D with the cynicism I reserve for any one hat fits all approach to anything- which is it is wrong for everyone, ie it is not specific and not perfect for almost every individual, What the plan does is take out the headwork of what to do and minimises aimless running and junk miles.
There appears to be a general thread wisdom that you should run at least three 20+ milers with your 5 longest runs adding up to 100. Again, probably not true for everyone.