I'm using a combination of Hal Higdons Intermediate 2 and a recommended plan which I came across in last years Runners World last year which contains much more specific programmes for mid week runs. I have completed the majority of long runs on previous training sessions with a friend of mine who runs a sub 4 so I know the plan works though I ended up dropping at least one shorter run a week on last years training towards the last 6 weeks or so and stopped the weights due to time constraints
Being more positive this year though as I have a lot more time available to get the training in and have a hugely supportive partner both of which help a lot !!
Sounds like you are all well ahead of the game though ! Look forward to chatting with you all more ( I won't make a habit of long posts like this , promise )
Was lucky enough to get into the London Marathon for this year, so after swearing Berlin last year would be my 3rd and last I'm building up the long runs again and more nervous this time than any other.
I was aiming for a 4.45 last year on both occasions and secretly hoping for around 4.30 but I really struggle mentally in the last few miles and both times barely scraped a dissapointing sub 5 so looking to break through the mind block this time ...
I have not run this before either and am very slow but am giving it a go anyway! I am however a member of the running club that organise the event and can guarantee that it will be well marshalled and though hard work should be a good atmosphere. I'm pretty sure they'll be cake after too, which is my driving force in completing it!
Spikes would probably be a good choice but I only have trail shoes so that will have to do for me!