London Marathon is the big target for me. It'll be my first marathon (and first time that I've run over half-marathon distance). The training has been going pretty well - I had a rough patch in December due to going away and work being very busy, but I seem to have settled back into it.
I did the Buntingford Year End 10 last Tuesday. It was excellent - good course, well organised, plus it showed that my training seems to be working.
Re. marathon training plans: I'm using a bit of a blend of different ones, tailored to suit my other commitments (hockey) and my knees and ankles. Like most training plans it has:
- one long SLOW run a week, of gradually increasing mileage,
- one tempo (comfortably hard) run a week,
- one interval session a week (I use hockey for this - you could use five-a-side football or similar)
- recovery days after hard sessions (very slow, short runs or low-intensity non-impact activities like swimming or cycling)
- rest days (no activity at all)
And then the overall intensity/distance of each week builds and then steps back in a three-week cycle.
Also, here's a link to last year's thread, for ease of reference. It includes discussions on training plans, training using heart rate monitors etc: