Thanks for the info and reply. Going to do the KC race in late October. It's going to get pretty interesting because I'm going to Ireland the week after the KC run and they have the Dublin marathon going on then too. It's 9 days after the KC run. I'm going to try for that one too, but at a much slower pace and just enjoy it. 2 big runs in 9 days.
The GMcM plan really mixes up what his website articles discuss. I really like it. Long runs, intervals, tempo, track, recovery, easy runs, and days off and all mixed in. The really cool thing about it is that while the schedule of what type of running and what day you do is the same week after week, the actual training run is never the same week after week. Keeps it interesting and you still know what to expect.
The plan I bought was the 16 week. Starts with a nice survey about what you normally run, your previous races, strengths, weaknesses, days off, what you want to accomplish, etc. For coach at his level, less than $8 a week for a plan isn't too bad. I think he looks them over at times, but his staff also answers questions for you. I did not buy the monthly coaching as it is too much in both cost and needs for my normal running. The articles on his site are pretty good.
Anyway, some of my starting discussion questions are:
1. How do you fuel for runs of 18+ miles or practice marathon runs (race pace or quicker long runs)?
2. Any experience trying either Hammer perpetuem or Hammer Sustained energy?
3. What shoes do you prefer for marathon length races?
How about yourself SamBB, what's the 2 a days leading up to?