I only took up running this year after quitting smoking, so was full of enthusiasm to enter a race. Other than the odd Park Run (not a race) the Conwy Half Marathon (Nov 23) was my first ever race. Although there are lots of good HM plans out there, what makes these plans stand out against the rest is the inclusion of a pace chart defining the range of pace for each type of run. I was able to calibrate my paces from experience and programme the steps of each run into my Garmin. I set myself the target of a 6.50 mins/km pace to complete the race in 2 hours 24. I actually completed the race in 2 hours 16 at a pace of 6.25 mins/km, so feeling pretty chuffed. Particularly as it was the worst weather conditions in its 15 year history, with very strong headwinds on the Great Orme whilst climbing about 100 m elevation. I would definitely recommend any of these plans to anyone. I've bought the L2 In Between plan to maintain my focus for a few weeks, then I will be starting the L2 Marathon plan in January in preparation for the London Marathon
IV just completed my first half using this plan, finished the Great North run in 2:12.
Loved the training and the flexibility it offered me with a busy life.
I will be back for the next one
I haven’t started this HM plan yet but I used Ben & Sarah’s beginners marathon plan and got a 30 min PB at London recently, any other HM I’ve done with no real structured plan so I’m confident I’ll get a Half PB with this one too.
A very easy, simple plan to follow which is great. You know exactly what to do for each session with no complicated jargon.
I completed my first half marathon in the beautiful Western Cape South Africa today in 2:10. At age 68 I’m really cuffed. Bens training plan was such a help getting me race ready and fit. Thanks so much
I followed Ben's beginner plan to get a sub2:30 since I tried to get back in shape after the pandemic. All is going well, but the taper week made my knee have clicking sounds and decided to skip some of my workouts. If I haven't experienced this on my knee, I can confidently say that I will get may target time below 2:20. I would have done it better but decided not to push myself today because of my knee. But today, in my Garmin watch it's 2:26 in the race result it's 2:30. Hoping to recover soon. Thank you Ben for the guidance. I am a solo runner and introvert, and this helped me a lot.
PS. If you have some kind of exercises to improve my knee clicking sounds, please do share it on your YT channel. Thank you!
Even though I've ran marathons and ultra marathons. I'm recovering from cancer so i though I'd start from the beginning again. This is a fantastic plan and i can feel the benefits.
Really good starter programme, good for getting me back into it after a 2 year hiatus! Will definitely be getting more plans! Thanks
I’m finding this plan works as a great template and gives me space to do what’s best for me. Thank Ben!
This is the first training plan I've ever followed despite many years of racing. I'm a slower older female runner aged 56, and decided to download the free beginner plan as I usually complete my half marathons in around 2:25. This plan is manageable around full time work and family commitments. It also allows adequate recovery time for someone of my age. I'm really enjoying the variety in pace and run types - prior to this I just plodded along. The plan is very easy to follow and is very achievable. I would thoroughly recommend giving it a try if you're thinking of following a plan. Fingers crossed I might be able to knock some time off my 2:19 PB. Thanks Ben.