I love cheese too. I've been eating well, but healthy so far this year.
Actually Krispy Kreme is on my post Tromso splurge list. Not only has that opened up not far from me recently, but now Dominos have opened up just down the road from me as well. I swear the fast food joints are just trolling me!
Julie-Marie - I know what you mean. My diet was/is fairly healthy. In truth the only adjustment I made was to cut out snacking. Living by myself that's easy for me, as I know if I don't buy that stuff when doing my shopping I won't go get it. Also when not training for something specific now I also find I eat far less of that sort of thing, as I found I was eating stuff like that more through habit than anything else.
Training in a way that works for you is difficult to work out. Compared to the like of The Jimbob or HiaHS my training no doubt is very light and badly structured. The key is to find a schedule that gets you fit, avoids injuries and that works with your life and how much time/effort you want to dedicate to running.
Julie-Marie - I found that I made a huge jump between my first and second marathon, and it's something I've noticed many others do too without radically altering their training. I went from a 5:15 marathon to 4:16 marathon ten months later. I think partly it's having built up your running fitness and partly you start to remove some of the mental blocks over the longer distances in training.
There are a million different opinions on what will improve your time. I've done a fair few marathons off four runs a week and seem big improvements with that. I've personally found I run the marathon better with lots of long training runs in my legs. I aim to do 3 x 20, 1 x 21 and 1 x 22 mile runs during my 18 week training cycle. I also find in addition to that long run regular fast 9/10 mile midweek runs really help build up the speed and endurance.
I don't follow a formal training plan. I've built one up myself over the years. For me higher mileage and doing all but my LSR as fast as I can, seems to get me at my best. I think training, what your body can handle and what you can fit around your life is a big learning process.
The one disappointing thing I learned is you can't out-train a bad diet. The lighter you are the faster you run. I've pretty much dropped all sweets, crisps, biscuits, soft drinks from my diet while training. I'm just about to enter the taper for Copenhagen. This year my entire intake of the above has been a Tunnocks Caramel Waffer as a reward for PBing a Parkrun, and a couple of cakes after a Parkrun in January. Maybe avoid parkruns as they seem to be sources of cake!