Robin, Chester Road sounds similar to the last five miles along the prom in the Liverpool Marathon in that it never seemed to end. I'm aiming to try and stick to the P&D plan but have already prepared to drop one of the easy/recovery runs when the inevitable commitments of work and family life intrude on my training.
Carter, I can sympathise with the loss of mojo, after Liverpool in May I completely lost the will to run and it's taken me the best part of the summer to start enjoying it again. I'll be interested to find out how your training goes since we are both aiming for the same time in April, what platform do you use to track your progress, Strava etc.
Cake, glad to hear it's easier on the gradient than Liverpool. Nutrition was fine in May, I think it was not enough miles and time on my feet in the long runs. I only did two above twenty miles and probably averaged 25-30 miles p/w.
Newcomer to this thread and first attempt at Manchester. I did Liverpool in May and missed my goal of 3:30 and finished in 3:39 due to having a complete detonation at mile 20-21.
I followed an Asics plan for Liverpool and am convinced that not enough miles and/or quality sessions did for me, I also suffered with pneumonia in my build up. So to cut a long story short I've decided to also follow a P&D 55 plan with the goal being that sub 3:30. I note a few others are using P&D, what prompted you to do this and what (if any) are your experiences of using the plan.
The profile looks fairly flat for Manchester, is this the case or are there any any little stings in the tail that are worth worrying about?