I've been a long time lurker on this thread so thought it was about time to congratulate those that have already run and wish the rest of you good luck! Not running a marathon myself but plan on following P&D again (failed attempt last year) for a 2015 marathon. This thread has been a constant source of entertainment - I particularly enjoyed poogate(!) - but also very informative.
Although I wish all of you equal amounts of luck, I'm particularly rooting for Andrews who I think has been planning this marathon since 2011!! I think that excuses you for being slightly OCD about it! And Ten, who I remember from a similar thread last year - really hope you get sub-4 this time round!
Contrary to other peoples experience my shorter race times have always got slower when marathon training! So I decided to take a break from marathons this year and concentrate on getting quicker over shorter distances.
Targets for 2014
5k: sub 23:00 (currently 23:03!)
10k: 48:00 (currently 49:28)
Half: 1:52 (currently 1:54)
Next attempt at 10k PB is in May. Just started specific training schedule for this race and managed 6 mile repeats at target 10k pace with 3 mins recovery so pleased with that.
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!