15W - have you got a target time in mind for VLM? You seem to do very well compared to others who train 100+ miles a week. Why run more miles when you can run less and get similar results?!
I looked up Fiona J's entry in the Guiness Book of Records - was passing the stand in Asda! I still think running 2 marathons in 8 days is more impressive and getting a PB in the second one! Hope you are back running again soon Fiona.
As for P&D, I think the main thing is to believe that the benefits are worth the effort you'll be putting in. From someone at the slower end of the spectrum I'm sure I could have followed an 'easier' plan and achieved a sub 4:30 marathon time. I think I'm right in saying that the P&D book doesn't even give paces for anything longer than 4 hours so that should probably tell you something about the people it's really aimed at. Having said that it does give some really good explanations for why you do each type of training run which is of benefit to all marathon runners regardless of their speed!
I've got some Kinvara's and I always feel a real fraud when I wear them! I imagine people looking at them thinking 'she must be fast!' and then I trundle along at a snail's pace! But they definitely make me feel like I can run faster!
On the subject of adapting P&D, I did a hybrid of the upto 55 miles and 55 to 70 mile plans. I did longer long runs off the back off a pretty solid base of regular 16 milers, and I did MLR's of 11 miles not the 9 mile GA's in the lower mileage plan. I still think the MLR's are the key to P&D success so I wouldn't be messing around with them!
Is that the ankle you hurt when you nearly fell in the river Lit?! I remember you saying something was sore but can't remember which bit!
All this talk of Spring marathons is very tempting...... but I'm going to be good! Don't want to put myself through another 4:30++++ marathon. I'm convinced that marathon training for the last 2 years has seriously slowed me down. I've only been doing shorter, speedier stuff for a few weeks and I'm getting faster already. Or maybe the marathon just doesn't suit me.
Anyway, I'm sure I will enjoy reading about all your training and using your experiences for if I ever marathon train again.