I've been running for years but never followed any kind of training plan. Just head out and do whatever I felt like doing on the day. I ran one full marathon about 7 years ago using that approach. I did ok, and ran a 3:22:54 with a major "hit the proverbial wall" issue at mile 24. Struggled my way in the last 2 miles. I missed my goal and did not get my Boston Qualifying time.
Now, at 44 years old, I set myself the lofty goal of breaking 3 hours and getting that Boston Qualifying time. I knew I was going to need a structured plan to accomplish this. I chose the Advanced Plus plan to get me there. I liked the easy to follow structure of the plan and the build up of the mileage was perfect for me. The pace chart was an invaluable tool also. I always knew where I needed to be for pacing on each run, and definitely kept me from over running those easy days. Followed the plan to the letter, only missing 1 run through the whole 15 weeks.
I could not be happier with my results! Ran a 2:52:20. Almost 8 min under my goal time, and crushed my BQ time by almost 28 min. Bonus, no hitting "the wall". I felt strong all the way to the end. My fastest 5K was the last one, and my fastest mile was the last one @ 6:09 min/mi.
Thank you Ben! I will be using this plan again in my training for Boston.
I have the advanced marathon plan ready to work through it for London marathon in October, I have had a look through and it looks very good and I am looking forward to getting started on it later on in June. I will be interested if it can help me beat last year 2.53.39 and will let you know how I get on
I must admit this plan is super easy to follow and it’s very well structured. Those double run days paid off and got the time I wanted at Manchester Marathon. Highly recommended if you’re going for sub 3 and under, Thanks Ben 👍🏻
Used this plan to train for my first marathon stepping up from the shorter distances. Excellent plan if a little daunting with the volume of running in it. Great structure of week, excellent workouts and variety. It meant even with the mileage involved each run had purpose and as a result kept my motivation up.
Due to young family and a busy job i had to restructure the week to suit my time availability, but i still hit most of the running albeit lots of evening runs and only skipped easy runs when time didn't allow. Goal achieved at Yorkshire Marathon when i ran 2:43.
Time to refocus and break the 2:40 barrier.
This program is easy to follow and very detailed with the distances and paces we need to follow. It is not an easy program to do and has some very difficult workouts during the week. I think that for those who want to run a fast marathon this is the ideal program.
I've followed the Marathon Plan in preparation for my latest marathon. The plan was really easy to follow, and provided me with tools to understand my weekly goals and all details needed for each training session. Felt great going in to the race and smashed my PB with over 30 minutes! Thanks for providing this training plan, and keep getting it done! :)
Plan received and it looks logical and easy to understand. Having goals in both miles and km is neat along with the comments of motivation and insight as a nice touch. I'm aiming to start the plan 15 weeks out from TCS London Marathon 2023. Would love to get sub 2.50 and hopefully this plan will get me over the line
Purchased the L5 marathon plan in May 2022 and completed my first marathon in October 2022. I was rapt to get a sub-3hr on my first attempt and it was due in no small part to this plan. It's easy to follow, there's high intensity days to increase your speed, plenty of recovery days, and lots of long runs to progress toward that base required for the marathon distance.
I followed this plan exactly and ran a 2:39:33 at London 2023. Coming from a 16:00 5K background I found the sprint sessions to be on the slow side but the other sessions to be challenging. I really liked the elements of effort within the long runs, I really felt this prepared me well for the marathon.
Purchased the Advanced+ training plan because I wanted to try the higher milage than the Advanced plan offered, so I just modified the suggested paces to fit my personal goals. Loved the training plan and blocks of building/recovery. This was my 23rd marathon and I was able to set a new PR and had by far the strongest finish and final 10k I've ever had in a marathon. Thanks Ben!!! Now to buy the 5k training plan and work on some speed for the rest of the calendar year!