This is the second plan I have followed I find it extremely easy to follow and find the mileage just right for me. Managed to cut 9 minutes from PB following this plan with aim to go sub 1:40
Busy with the new pace and have already got the lvl 4 plan to move onto once done.
I purchased this plan in January after researching several others but finding them hard to decipher/unrealistic, and frustratingly all calculated in miles. Having hovered around 1.49 for several years without much direction and only five weeks until race day, I started at week seven and was hoping to run a 1.47 and build to achieve a sub 1.45 at an event in May. Yesterday was race day and I ran 1.38, I cant believe it, on an absolute high! I felt well prepared and strong, and when it got tough knew I had enough in the tank to keep me going. The plan was well structured, and allowed flexibility for when life gets in the way; the speed sessions are fun and challenging and the long and easy runs help to build a solid base and allow your legs to recover. I have learnt more in the last five weeks about running than in the last eight years (since my first HM) and being a member of three clubs. Thank you Ben Parkes.
Getting into the London Marathon 2023 I decided to up my training I got both the Marathon ready to start in the new year and the Half marathon plan for an even i had pre-booked.
My aim for the half I had booked was 1:45 (previous PB 1:49) I’ve just completed my half today in 1:36:16 🙌 🙌 and couldn’t be happier with it. Onto London 2023, now with Bens plan aiming for 3:30:00
Thank you for the plans, truly awesome!
Only into week 2 of my HM plan. Gone for the 1:35-1:45 based on the mileage I can squeeze in each week between life and work, hoping to go sub 95...
This is the first plan that's made sense to me in my couple of years running. Tried one for my last half, and I felt like it was for someone else. Didn't give me a focus, and didn't really seem based on what I was trying to achieve, dropped it after 4 weeks and stuck to my normal week (a couple easy, 1 speed, 1 long).
Of course, this isn't specifically for me, but like that it's not too regimental, and love that the paces are all laid out and are spot on, relevant to where I'm at fitness wise. Having looked through the phases, it looks like I will build at the right intensity with the right amount of rest for these old bones.
Time will tell of course come the end of Feb, but I get a feeling this will give me the drive, and enough specific work in and around the pace I want to hold to get that PB DONE! 👍
This training plan helped me to improve my PB at Our local half-Marathon (1:38). Varied runs and good tips and instructions on how to do the different runs, what speed to maintain for different training etc. The plan is split in two, with distances and speeds in both miles and km, which is good (miles is useless to us Norwegians). Thanks, Ben!
This plan has helped me alot to achieve my goals in half marathon. A good varied training plan and not too hard on the legs either
Great training plan. Easy to understand, very clear and well laid out. I always use Ben's plans. Well worth it. Love the pace chart to help set specific times for each session depending on your goal pace. Thanks Ben.
I got this plan for my first half marathon in 10 years (last one was 2:00:25) based on the times I have been achieving at 5k and 10k. After a bit if a disaster of a 10 mile race last year, I decided to give Bens plan a turn this time round. What a great decision that was. The plan is well structured but flexible enough that I felt comfortable moving runs around to fit with life and having to adjust after missing first two weeks with illness. I loved the variety of the midweek workouts and the weekend long runs with goal pace elements. Starting the training I was hoping to go sub 1:40 and maybe get something close to 1:35. After feeling comfortable at 1:35 pace on the long runs, I decided to go for it on race day with a plan to get to 10 miles and then empty the tank for the last 5k. I felt so comfortable during the race, reaching 10 miles around 1 min ahead of 1:35 pace before doing the last 5k in just over 20 mins finishing in 1:30:59, a time I couldn't even dream of getting at the start of the plan. Time to move up a level and get that sub 90 HM done!
One of the best HM plan I've ever done, I improve significantly my times, I am sure following this I will do my PB in March.
In 2021 I followed Ben's Level 4 HM training plan and it brought me right up to 1:30-1:32 HM level, from 1:45 (at best!) shape 4 months earlier unfortunately I was injured during the race 2/3rds in while feeling strong so I'll not know If I would have hit it but it was all going to plan. 2 years older and many many months of no exercise following numerous injuries and illness, I started running again and I'm dropping to the level 3 plan for a May HM, then back up to the L4 one for The Great North Run Later in the year if all goes well.
These plans are easy to follow, flexible and I really enjoyed the speed work/hard sessions last time. The L3 one looks just right for where I want to be, giving 10 min leeway on paces so I can find my own level easily.