tired of this wrote:
I think Daniels plans are garbage. everyone gets more tired than fit with the plans and under-performs. Just keep it simple.
it's way too confusing and complicated
I really don't understand why anyone would say that Daniels' plans are complicated or confusing. Under his Training Plan A, for the 12 weeks leading up to race day, all but 3 of your workouts are run at one pace: threshold pace. The other three are run at marathon pace. The only real variation on the theme is how you structure your cruise interval sessions, and the cruise interval sessions are pretty much sessions of intervals of 1, 2 or 3 miles long. This is not complicate.
And I have had plenty of success as both a runner and coach employing a Daniels approach to marathon training, and none of those folks were running high mileage and the dropping down to lower mileage weeks for the marathon training cycle.
"Keep it simple" is great advice, but if you are looking to really perform up to your ability, it is hard to keep it much simpler than 1-2 workouts per week for 12 weeks, with all but the three workouts at marathon pace being run at threshold pace.