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Marathon Plan Advanced Plus - L5

€895 EUR

About this plan

Welcome to the Advanced Plus Marathon Plan!

This plan has been designed for anyone targeting a finish time of 2:40-2:55.

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 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 2:40-2:55 finish time.

The first week is 48 miles/77km.

The biggest week is 78 miles/126km.

6-8 runs each week.

The plan has both miles and kilometres.

15 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 41 reviews
C.P. (CA)
A Plan for Success! 2:44:30 @ Toronto Marathon!

I ran my first two marathons last year in a 2:53:56 and then a 2:48:47. For my third and most recent marathon prep I wanted to take it a bit more seriously and follow a proper plan! I’d heard great reviews about Ben’s plans and grabbed the L5 Plan. Following the plan was easy and for the workouts and long runs I was able to input the sessions into my watch for workout accuracy. The plan was easy to adapt to my personal schedule with my long runs on Sundays. I really liked the amount of race pace and faster work it had me doing and it really paid off on the day. This past week I ran a 2:44:30 at the Toronto Marathon which was on the same course as my first last year, taking 9 and a half minutes off my existing course time! I will definitely be using this plan again as I prepare for Chicago Marathon in the fall. If you’re on the fence and don’t currently have a coach, this plan is a great place to start to get your legs ready for race day!

Grant Gerrard (GB)

I followed this plan before my Sub 3 attempt at Chester Marathon this year. At first I wasn’t quite sure I’d be able to hit the peak miles but I found the structure of this plan amazing. It built me up week by week and I managed to hit every single run on the plan! I loved knowing what I was doing each week and the structure it gave me. I found my fitness really clicked in the peak weeks and I knew I could do it. I ended up running Chester in 2:53:36 so I managed to smash my goal and I put a huge part of this down to Bens plan. Highly recommend this to anyone looking at getting a PB. #GetItDone

Tom Hancock (GB)
Sub 3 PB!!!

I've been trying to run sub 3 for a few years. Finally got their at London this year Previously I had been crashing at about 18 miles and tailing off to 3 03 / 3 05 / 3 07.... Repeat, etc.

This year i was able to stay on pace through to the finish - though the last few miles were still super tough.

Why did come good this year? Lots of reasons. But following a plan was a major factor. It meant more miles. More focused sessions. Its a tough plan, and I missed the odd run/session. But having it all laid out makes training so much easier.

Oh and its only 6 quid. So do yourself (and Ben and Sarah) and get on it.

Jason Guthrie (US)
Plan worked perfectly!

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.

David Smith (GB)
Great looking plan

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

Mubarak Mubarak Sheikh (GB)
Got me my sub 3 😃

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 👍🏻

Ian Trevitt (GB)
Perfect Structure to Achieve your goals

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.
thanks Ben

Vitor Caldeira (PT)
It looks promising

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.

Martin (DE)
Best Plans

Used this one this year for Hamburg after running my first ever sub 3 with the L4 plan last year. Crushed my pb from last year by 8 minutes and ran 2:48:18.

These plans are so easy to follow, very well balanced. In addition, I think they have a little bit of Ben’s spirit in them which is a big motivator for me personally. Will use it again next time to go sub 245.

Thank you very much Ben for your inspiring work. Really changed the way I approach running as a whole. Thanks thanks thanks.

Shaun Cox (US)
Great plan!

Used the marathon level 4 to set a pr several times. I hope I improve as much with level 5!

Marathon Plan Advanced Plus - L5 - Ben Parkes Running
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Marathon Plan Advanced Plus - L5

From €895 EUR

Welcome to the Advanced Plus Marathon Plan!

I’ve designed this for anyone who has already broken 3 hours in the marathon and looking to make that next jump.

(Optional) Add-on: Integrated Strength Training:

Everything you need to get you a 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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