Agree re the P&D schedule SB - the only time I've really tried to follow a plan - struggled to fit in the runs (particularly mid week ones - difficult to get out for more than an hour midweek), started to not enjoy the running and, perhaps as a result, picked up a niggle! I'll be doing my own thing although it ain't a million miles away from some of the plans - 1 or 2 "sessions" a week (a mixture of interval/tempo/hills sessions), easy runs in between and a long run at the weekend, in which I'll start doing a few miles at target marathon pace in the 2nd half of the run as the weeks progress. Flexibility and variety will be the key although I will be doing more miles at target marathon pace than in training for previous marathons. I will also be running (quite hard) a half marathon
I think Blackpool is a cracking marathon - it's a shame it does not get more runners (and support from the local media). Good news re the improvements to this race (particularly the marshals) although having done it the last 2 years I've decided to do another spring marathon next year - Barcelona sounded a bit more appealing!