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Half Marathon Plan Improver - L2

£700 GBP

About this plan

Welcome to the Improver Half Marathon Plan!

This plan has been designed for anyone who has run a half marathon in the past and is looking to improve upon a previous time.

Also included in the training plan is:
- a pace chart so you know exactly how fast your runs should be
- a full glossary of terms so you'll always know what to do
- loads of tips each week so you can learn along the way and stay motivated!

Everything you need to get you a half marathon PB and have fun doing it! Come back and let me know how you got on, it's great to hear your stories!

Plan Details / Who is this for?

Ideal for anyone targeting a 1:45 to 2:00 finish time.

The first week is 15 miles / 24km.

The biggest week is 32 miles / 51km.

Three to four runs each week.

The plan has both miles and kilometres.

12 weeks in length with easy to understand, structured training with time set aside for you to implement your own strength training.

Optional Strength Routine Add On

The 'Plan + Strength Routine' option includes the full plan plus 3 integrated "at home" strength routines with warm up and cool down exercises.

Beginner friendly and easy to follow.

No equipment necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the training plans in miles or kilometers?

We have written the training plans in both miles and kms, both of which are included in the PDF file so you can refer to whichever one suits you.

The pace charts are also in miles and km's too.

How will I receive my plan?

You will receive an email with a link to download your plan straight after purchase.

You can also click a link on the checkout success page.

This will download the PDF file to your computer, tablet or phone. 

What format do the training plans come in?

The plans are a downloadable PDF file which you can view on any device or print off.

You will be emailed the link to download your plan.

Please note the plan can only be downloaded a maximum of 5 times. 

I feel I am in between two training plans, which one should I go for?

Each plan gives the number of days of training per week, so we’d advise going for the one which best fits in with your current lifestyle and commitments.

Also consider the number of miles or km's for the first week and peak week and compare that figure to where you are currently.

The best success will come from following a plan that is achievable given your lifestyle and current fitness. 

Customer Reviews

Based on 39 reviews
Sarah Fisher (GB)
Improver Half Marathon Plan

I’ve been on this plan for only two weeks and already I’ve gone from unproductive to productive and now peaking on Garmin.
I’ve had my Fenix since 2019 and have never seen peaking on it before!
The programming is brilliant and gets me out to complete my days training even when I’m not feeling it after a busy day, it’s not super time consuming and can be adapted to fit my schedule.
Looking forward to seeing if I can improve my lifetime PB next year at Reading.

Claire MacPherson (FR)
Fun and flexible!

Having followed Ben on Strava for a while I decided to use his Half marathon plan to work towards a PB. I really enjoyed the flexibility of the workouts and will now give the full marathon a go!

Mathew Turner (AU)
Pb with this plan!

Went into this plan with the dream of achieving in between 1’45- 1’50 halfa marathon and absolutely smashed my goal outta the park with Ben’s plan. Thank Ben

jason dean (GB)
great informative plan

I’ve purchased the intermediate H/m plan to help me to my goal of completing my first half marathon . just completed my first week and starting my 2nd now and i’m absolutely loving the plan, easy to follow and the mixed workouts (along with the strength plan) makes the training really fresh and exciting .

J.S. (US)
Trust the Plan

This was my first half-marathon in nearly 19 years (since high school!). I started running again, just 9 months ago. My original goal was sub-2:00, but quickly realized I could try to push for 1:45. I hit every workout in the plan and added 2 extra weeks of deloads (vacations). Race PR at 1:48. I couldn't be happier. Thanks Ben!

Ben (GB)
Varied & Challenging Plan

I picked up the L2 Half plan after completing London Marathon ‘22 to keep me focused & have something to train with across winter.
So far the plan has provided a lot of variety in the runs which keeps things fresh & better than some other plans that are just about putting miles in the legs.
Hoping to set some PB’s in early ‘23!

S.D. (AU)

Varying runs, lots to keep a runner interested.... recommended..!!

E.S. (US)
New PB!

Great plan. It took me from a 2 hour half to a 1:45 PB in just 12 weeks. I couldn't be happier, even with the sore legs.
I was considering plans from other sources but after today's results I'm going to stick with what works. L3 here I come!

J.K. (GB)
Excellent plan, helped me smash my PB!

Excellent training plan! I used this to train for my latest half (Big Half 2022), and it was brilliant. Plan is nice and easy to follow and doesn't make anything too difficult. My previous PB was 1:58:36, I managed to knock it down to 1:46:08 after using this plan to train. I'd definitely recommend, and I'll be purchasing the next level in preparation for my next!

S.F. (DE)
Great plan with good results

Hi Ben,

this is a great plan, I bought it 10 weeks out from the half marathon. The plan was great to understand, the sessions worked nicely towards my goal and I've managed to PB twice in the half marathon since going through it.
I'm unsure on how to progress now but will look into trying to beat my 5k time with one of your plans.

ps. Week 6 Session 1 (km) still has a mile listed as distance.

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Welcome to the Improver Half Marathon Plan!

(Optional) Add-on: Integrated Strength Training:

Everything you need to get you a half marathon PB and have fun doing it! Come back and let me know how you got on, it's great to hear your stories!


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