Don't think i'll ever be able to justify the expense again, maybe when the baby is older. I did it in 2010 as part of my honeymoon.
I probably managed 50 miles of training in the three months before, due to weather and wedding commitments, in all honesty I wasn;t up to the half, let alone both!
The time limits are generous, and on the full as I pointed out to people on the goofy that didn't think they would make it, its a pretty generous target. I did 10 miles in 2 hours and then walked fast at 4mph and finished in 6 hours.
It hasn't been mentioned in this thread so far, so I'll mention a few tips.
1. It could be cold, when I did it, it actually snowed for the first time ever in FL and it was icy. They are not prepared for this in Florida so you won't be able to buy a hat and gloves in a store so you'll be running it like me in a pair of gardening gloves. It could be warm or more likely it'll start cold and get hot, so be prepared to strip layers.
2. its a walk to the start from the parking area, but the parking is pretty close. Be careful not to leave it too late.
3. If you haven't booked flights yet, consider doing the marathon at the end of the holiday. The snow in England was bad and people on this forum couldn't fly out, if you leave 10 days before it, you have more of a chance (if commitments allow) of making the start.
4. Enjoy it, its not a massive hardcore field and although its pretty tough to run that far, you're running with plenty of people who are having the time of their lives. Conside the event rather than getting a time, nothing is more fun than stopping in Animal Kingdom to ride the rollercoaster (and also is an excuse for your bad time)
Not sure over such a distance you can go for a good time, not entirely sure its the point really. So the best advice is to take the half very easy, you have three hours to do so. Walk a bit, stop for photos, drink a lot on the way round.
As for training what I tried to do was make my weekend long run into two longer runs, you could do half the distance the day before but I found doing two equal distances were better for me, slowly building up. Its fine doing a shorter distance, but you want to turn up at the marathon feeling fresh, which means building up to where you can do a half marathon one day, and then feeling fresh enough to do twice as long the next day
Its an LDWA event, they're always good value compared to the running clubs. I help run the West Lancs events and it'll be about £7 for a 20+ mile route with food and drink at most checkpoints, pie & peas at the end and a certificate
Makes you wonder how a running club can charge £12 for a half marathon and all you get is a couple of cups of water!
Think I might have held the record for finishing this one last in last years event. A sub 2 hour aim will see you nowhere near the back of the field. They may market it as flat but I disagree, plenty of quite steep motorway bridges. It was a nice little race though with friendly staff and a good medal and a Mars Bar at the end!
Think it got postponed last year, I was a late sign up for the race as I couldn't do the original date.
Robin Hood marathon in Nottingham would seem to fit the bill, you run a half marathon with the half marathon runners and then the second half is on a different route altogether, so not a multiple lap race