Can’t wait to get started on this plan. Love how this plan is set out, very clear and includes a glossary with lots of information to ensure it is easy to understand. Hopeful that this will help me achieve my goals next year.
I can't fault this plan. This was the first structured running plan that I've ever followed, preparing for my first ever official race, and all went to plan thanks to the clear guidance.
Everything was easy to follow and I especially found the pace chart extremely useful. The glossary was really helpful for a plan newbie like myself and the notes for each week were a really nice added extra.
I was aiming for a sub 4 hour marathon debut and managed a time of 03:53:44 so I'm absolutely chuffed! Thanks Ben :-)
Really great training plan, I would highly recommend it. Enjoyed every week, and the training was varied so that it never got boring. The speed and tempo sessions were fun and putting pace changes in the long run session really kept them interesting. I ended up fitter than I have ever been, and knocked 20 minutes off my Marathon PB! Many thanks Ben and Sarah
On Sunday 7th April 2019, I completed my first marathon in Manchester, in a time of 03:48:14.
The best thing I did was invest in a decent training plan. I opted for a Ben's Improver training plan, as it’s well structured & easy to understand. I value his knowledge & experience.
The training plan was challenging but built up sensibly so confidence & fitness grew steadily and at no point did I feel the training was beyond me.
The plan includes a great pacing chart, so every session has a recommended pace it should be run at for your finish time. I would recommend the training plan without hesitation and have since used Ben's Half Marathon Level 4 plan to achieve an 8 min PB.
Whilst I was delighted to achieve a sub4 marathon time at the first attempt, it was never about time. I found greater meaning.
I have taken the family marathon baton from my Dad. Hopefully, I can pass it onto my Daughter in the future.
Most importantly, I got to share and experience, not only race day, but the full marathon training journey with my family.
You only ever get your first marathon once.
I wouldn’t change it in any way.
Had no idea where to start planning my training, this is a well laid out plan with easy explanation and help understanding pace. I've look at lots of other plans that we over complicated. This one is simple but effective.
Great Plan. Easy to follow and well structured.
a great plan!
I bought this training plan specifically to train for sub 4. This is the first time I'm using a proper 15 weeks of training plan. Been doing FM since 2012 and the last PB was in 2015.
The training :
1.15 week training plan. Target MP per KM : 5.28 - 5.39
2. Average 45km/week, peak week at 64km. Total = 672KM
3. LSD ranging from 27km - 35km
4. Skipped the recommended strength training (my bad).
5. Training and race conditions are between 28 - 34 Celsius with 94% and above humidity
21 minutes PB !!! (3.54.38 down from 4.15.40)
1. First time running without any issues throughout the race.
2. Able to finish strong with pace below 5.00 in the last 3km
It’s obvious now. You buy a Ben Parkes product, you get the best. Simple as. End of story.
Top quality plan, been getting stuck in and getting it done.
Amazing plan that is easy to follow😃