I am about to begin training for Brighton 2015. I have run two marathons previously but have had a year off, initially with a stress fracture so am back to practically being a beginner...so I started comparing beginners schedules and have got myself in a tizz. I'll detail the two schedules I'm currently looking at, and would really, really appreciate some advice as to which to choose. My first marathon I trained using bob glovers schedule from the Runners Handbook. It is a sixteen week schedule which starts at 20 miles pw and tops off at 40. This plan involves running 5 days a week, has 11 weeks at above 30mpw, and 3 weeks at the max of 40 mpw (with a step down week between). It covers more mileage than the Hal Higdon plan, and has more runs of 18 miles and over (3 x 20 milers and 1 x 18 miler). The mid week runs seem a little short though, never going over 6 miles (handy for the working week but I worry that I need more 8-10 milers) The second plan is the Hal Higdon novice plan. It's an 18 week schedule running 4 times per week and cross training once. It starts at 15 mpw and topping off with a single week at 40. The mileage is lower on this, with only 4 weeks over 30 miles, and 2 runs over 18 (one of 18 and one of 20). His midweek runs are longer though, with six of them being 8-10 miles) I'm aiming at sub 5 hr (both my previous marathons were under this, one at 4.30 and one at 4.50. So my specific questions are: - should I go for Hal as its lower mileage and I have a long way to go in terms of fitness? But I worry about the shortage of long runs (18 miles and over) - if I did feel ready to start bobs, are the midweek runs too short? - are there better plans out there that you'd recommend? Am I completely over thinking this??? Thank you v much in advance!