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.
Im running a marathon on October 2 and starting this plan on June 20, really excited about it !!
Worth every penny, helped me get to a 2:43 Marathon which is something I wouldn’t have dreamed of achieving a year ago.
It's a well crafted training plan but there are definitely free plans online which don't require such heavy commitment for the same results. For me, missing some sessions cause a bit of anxiety, so suggesting double sessions isn't overly helpful. But I can understand that this will help for others
Greetings from Brazil, guys.
I've been introduced to Ben Parkes from YouTube recommendations and suddenly I was a big fan of his job.
I guess the video that most impressed me was the one he runs London Marathon, talking and recording in 2:35.
That really got me.
So I bought a half marathon plan and followed it by the script, doing everything just like it was written and boom, from 1h19m to 1h17m.
After that I bought this lvl 5 marathon plan and I'm about to finish it within 2 weeks. I don't know how the result will be but I can make sure that my running has improved as it never did before.
My PB is 2h55m and I'm aiming 2h49m this time. It isn't. a flat course but I've done the training paces for a 2h40m. During the plan I ran a 5k on 16m55s, 10k on 35m33s and another under 1h20m half marathon (on training).
I'm really satisfied with this plan and I might say that I've become even more a fan of Ben Parkes.
Great and fun variation between sessions. Well-structured with different intensities for the sessions and a gradual increase week-on-week.