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Marathon Plan Beginner - L1

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    Welcome to the Beginner plan!

    I’ve designed this for anyone who has run a 10k race or possibly a half marathon and is looking to step up to the full marathon.

    • Designed for people targeting a 4:30 to 6:00 finish time.

    • The first week is 8 miles or 13km.

    • The biggest week is 30 miles or 48km.

    • There are three to four runs each week.

    • The plan has both miles and kilometres.

    • It is 18 weeks in length, with structured training, recovery and taper weeks.

    • There are suggested paces for all the runs.

    • Terminology page describing each type of run, so you’ll always know what to do.

    • Plus discount codes with a few companies to help you with your training.

    • Space for strength training and suggested exercises.

    • By purchasing the plan you agree by the terms and conditions laid out here.

    All the tools you need to get you that PB. Let me know how you get on, keep in touch, I’m always here to help!

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    Ben
    A great starting marathon plan

    Used this plan to build up to my first marathon after a knee injury last year. I did my DIY marathon at the end of lockdown, finished strong in 4h12. Now going to use the L2 to aim for that sub-4 next - thanks Ben! Great plan, would recommend for any first time marathoners.

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    Chris Maroglou
    Finished strong my first marathon

    Trained for my first marathon (Athens Marathon the Authentic) with this plan. I am very satisfied, i finished strong in 4h 42m. I modified the plan a bit to include more Hill Repeats as the course is hilly. Looking forward to trying L2. Cheers Ben!

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    Steve Casper
    YEs!

    Finally got the sub 5:00 I have been trying to achieve for years. Learnt so much from this plan.. there's way more than just the actual training. Absolute bargain for what you get. Many thanks Ben!

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    Pushing the limits

    Just started the 4th week of a level 5 HM plan and absolutely loving it. It’s testing me to the absolute limit but is fun as well. Thanks Ben

    First marathon complete!

    At the beginning of 2021 I decided to train for a marathon. I really enjoy Ben's videos on YouTube and trusted that his plan would get me ready for the feat. I hadn't run a marathon before this but was feeling (perhaps overly) ambitious and targeted a 3h30min time. I followed Ben's intermediate plan (think it was the old one) and completed the Twin Cities marathon in 3h39m23s. Very happy with that and now I have a solid bench mark to work up from. Thanks Ben!!

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