The Plan:Went with Hal Higdon's novice plan for my marathon training and liked it. Simple, reasonable, and I felt positive about my progress after each long run. Going with the intermediate program that will incorporate tempo and interval runs.
The Equipment:Drank the minimalist cool-aid and purchased a pair of Saucony Hattoris. So far they've been very comfortable for up to 5 miles on the road. They force me to strike on the balls of my feet which puts less stress on my hamstrings when I'm going for speed. Of course I have my trusty Brooks for my longer runs when I'm not focused on time and will use the longer strides.
Since I'm doing some triathlon training and still playing soccer on top of the running, I need to stay on top on my nutrition and take care of the machine. Endurox R4 for muscle recovery and Cytomax energy drink for anti-bonking purposes during the long training sessions.
The trusty Timex. Eventually I'll pick up a Garmin, but in the meantime, this watch and my iPhone with the Adidas miCoach app have been great for tracking runs, swims, and cycling.