I hasn't run competitively since my teens. I am now 48 and having a heart attack 3 years ago.
Last weekend I ran a PB 55.48 for a 10k.
I have now purchased the L3 Improver, hoping to beat my PB in an October race that I have booked on.
I had never followed a run plan before but I can definitely recommend Ben Parkes plan! I was able to shave off 5 minutes from my 10km in 3 months. The plan was flexible but gave me structure in my training and I enjoyed following it.
Easy to follow, great advice re paces to run each type of run at. I’m following this plan to try help my speed after completing my first marathon and really enjoying it! Will be moving to the marathon improver plan in January!
Thank you for great training plan, Ben! I had lot of fun with different workouts. I planned to go for 54 minutes 10k, but run my time trail on snowy and icy park path, so ended with 55:27. It is still over 2 minute improvement over my last 10k time so I am very happy with result and ready to try for even better time with another iteration of this plan and hopefully with better weather conditions :D
All his plans are great and your time will improve, even if you skip some days
As a novice runner, started late 2021 at the age of 55, it's a bit of a struggle to find your way into the world of running. So many plans to choose from, so many (well meant) advice to follow. So I kind of blind picked this plan and followed it quite strict aiming for a 50min 10k time.
And so I did, last weekend, I ran a 10k race in 47:02.
So for me this plan worked really well. I liked the variety, especially the pyramid intervals (tough but great fun).
I already ordered a marathon plan to start later this year.
Keep up the good work Ben!
I program the workouts into my Garmin and it's a joy! Everything is clear, with helpful notes and well thought out progression and recovery. The thing I like most is that the strength workout is incorporated in each week.
Of course, as Ben says, one can adjust the plan to work around busy schedules, but it's nice to have everything planned when there's flexibility.
Money very well spent, I strongly recommend this 10k plan!
I couldn't be more excited to start my new 10k program tomorrow morning. I feel that I will be able to do the runs and am not overwhelmed by the lengths, so it's perfect. I am also very much looking forward to starting a strength plan!
I used this for the London Vitality 10,000 race. I hadn't previously run 10k at goal pace so the fastest I had done was 67 minutes, and I finished the race with 55:01 which was exactly what I had trained for. Ben's plan was amazing, my 5k came down to 26:51 from over 30 as well. The plan has lots of different runs so they never get boring and I was always excited for the next week. I 100% recommend these plans and to watch Ben and Sarah's YouTube as my running has improved dramatically since I started almost a year ago. Thank you Ben!
Really happy with this, great way to structure my training around. Can really see myself doing this program over several cycles just adjusting the time goals as I get fitter.