Embrace the hills suzemac. I did Amsterdam, too flat for my liking and did not go to plan. The hills work the muscles in a different way and for me that is a big help.
This!! My joints were screaming at me at the end of Amsterdam, yet more undulating courses cause me far fewer problems. I used to hate hills, but once I incorporated a few challenging hills into my runs, I learnt to love the hills.
They'll be here when they are available. Had plenty of problems finding them in previous years, so this link is in my favourites!
There shouldve been a piece of paper in the bag you pick up at the expo that gives the password you'll need when they become available. Its usually the year (eg, "2014"), so dont worry if you threw it away with the other toot in there.
On the subject of the ballot for overseas runners, I was told in 2011 that the vast proportion of overseas runners were successful in the ballot. The statistics were something like 90% chance of success for overseas runners, 90% chance of failure for local residents. Since then, the race has become the 6th Major so overseas interest will undoubtably increase now, so that may no longer be the case. Between 2010 and 2013, I applied 4 times and was successful 4 times.
Off to Nikko today and then Miyujima/Hiroshima -more walking - just what I need (not) - what a fantastic country!!!
Hiroshima is a wonderful place. If you can, make time to go to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Im not usually a fan of museums, but that was one the most fascinating 3-4 hours of my life. And for the equivalent of about 50p!