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Half Marathon Advanced Plus - L5

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    Welcome to the Half Marathon Advanced Plus plan!

    I’ve designed this for anyone who has run a half and looking to step up and set a PB.

    • Designed for people targeting a 1:15 to 1:25 finish time.

    • The first week is 34 miles or 55k.

    • The biggest week is 60 miles or 97km

    • There are five to eight runs each week.

    • The plan has both miles and kilometres.

    • It is 12 weeks in length, with structured training, recovery and taper weeks.

    • There are suggested paces for all the runs.

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

    • You will be able to download the plan after the checkout page.  You'll also receive an email that contains a link where you can download the plan.
    • By purchasing the plan you agree to 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!


    Customer Reviews

    Based on 12 reviews
    Ondrej Havlik
    That just works!

    My new HM PB 1:22:45 (previously 1:26:17). Good job Ben! 👍


    Good plan😊 Thank you 🙏

    Rein De Block
    Another PR

    This is my second plan from Ben in a year. First I got my 10k PR done, now it was time to get under 1u25 in the Half Marathon. It's insane how good this plan works. I finished in 1u21 and did 6(!) minutes from my previous PR which a ran just 6 months ago. Wearing a Ben Parkes hat, of course helped me as well. ;-) Next up: Marathon sub 3 plan! #gettingitdone

    Aaron Willis
    L5 half marathon training plan

    I've just finished week 1 of the program and I'm very pleased. A great guide and easy to follow. My race is off-road and I mix it up with club runs so I can't follow it too the letter but thats fine. Anyone who asks about training programs I also recommend Ben Parkes.

    shlomi reuven
    L5 half m plan

    Hi, I am in the third weekend of the program and I am very satisfied, I recover quickly between runs and feel improvement ... We will wait for the official measurement day of the half marathon, believe that if I can stick to the program I will be satisfied and of course a good result. I bought the shoes and you have a part in my decision through the social networks you responded to my question, thank you so much so far. Enjoy following you on the networks

    Joe Smith
    L5 half marathon plan

    This plan came at the perfect time for me having run 1:26 in November 2020. It's my goal to run sub 1:20 and I'm using this plan for a race in the Spring. What I like most about Ben's plans is that they are very clear and the workouts aren't overly complex. They also allow a high degree of flexibility and are good value for money. I've every confidence I will be a much fitter runner by the end of the plan.

    David OShea
    Half Marathon Training Plan (Level 5 Advanced Plus)

    Brought this plan to help reduce my half marathon PB time and i am a month into the plan. It is simple to follow and allows accountability (it is sat on my fridge! Follows sound training principles of easy running to build up mileage combined with hard interval or threshold sessions which are always varied and interesting. I have already seen significant benefits to my flat speed and endurance. A fantastic plan and great value - Thanks Ben!

    Mark Temple
    A great plan - 5 minute PB from 1.27 to 1.22

    This was the first BP plan I've bought but it won't be the last. I found the plan easy to follow and it ramped up nicely. At first, I felt like there wasn't quite enough miles, but the quality (ie speed) of the sessions compensated for this. The key part for me was the long runs, which had quite a lot of variety (ie 2 mins on, 2 mins off) or a mixture of paces to keep me interested.

    I actually did my club sessions on the Tuesday instead of the intervals, but the training effect looked broadly similar! I kept to all the sessions as it wasn't too onerous in terms of time/miles (maxing at about 60 miles) and I enjoyed its taper too. Personally, I didn't do the optional run the day before the race and as the title says it was a great success! Sunderland half - where I set my previous PB and I took 4 minutes and 30 seconds of an already decent time. Thanks to Ben for the plan; I really enjoyed it and will definitely use it or other plans again... Keep on #gettingitdone

    steve woolley
    Half program

    Only a couple of weeks into the program but loving it so far.
    Strangely feel like I’m bouncing back from the bigger sessions faster than I normally would.
    Will post another review after my race

    Leigh Packer
    L5 1/2 Marathon Training Plan

    I've been using a home made training plan for 1/2's for the last 20 years, but as you get older I need to be a bit wiser so ordered the L5 plan.
    It's easy to follow and I'm one week in and after a year of lockdown may be a bit ambitious for the fastest goal, but I'm 'getting it done'.
    It gives three time goals for the 1/2 but all the same training so you can guage you're current fitness and adjust accordingly.
    Hoping for sub 80, but age, family and work are things to contend with these days.
    Like I said as you get older you don't want to give up your fitness and although PBs may be a thing of the past, with this plan I can still give the youngsters a run for their money.
    Fingers crossed Brighton Half is going to run this year and we all stay safe whatever race you run.
    This is the first plan I've purchased and won't be the last.

    ★ Reviews

    What Other Runners Say!

    1316 reviews
    Getting it done!

    Great hat! Feels amazing, keeps the sweat out of my eyes, and looks fantastic!


    Awesome running hat! Cool yet purist design, light, quality, great all-round.

    Greenwich Green Cap

    love the cap, the first 5 weeks or so were only Hats Forward weather and was só happy with the cap, absolutely brilliant. There was no wicking of water behind the band even in a torrential downpour. Very happy, very comfortable to wear even with a big head and lots of hair. I would definitely recommend it
    Had to go for green for a wee reminder of the Emerald Isle

    First in my suitcase

    Love it, better than I expected Recently took it to a top of a Scottish mountain and it done it's job, Comfy, warm, kept the Mosquito off, really good fit.And I got it done.

    The BEST top I have run in

    I think the simplest thing I can say is that this is the first top I have ever run in where I NEVER had to adjust it while i was racing, I completely forgot I had it on! It wasn’t until the race finished that I realised how unaware of it I was, and how comfortable I had been all the way through the race!
    Also, I set a 5min PB in the 10k race, so maybe that was also from the top!!