I'd used this plan at start of the year for Sheffield half in which I knocked off 4.10 of previous attempt so I started with this one on 7th August for Worksop Half which I'd ran twice before. I really enjoyed doing plan again possible due having done before & also weather a lot better lights nights etc. I was hoping I could get my 1st sub 1.40. I not only got my PB Half but came in at 1.39.30!!
Last year's time was 1.45.51 so im very happy to have achieved my goal. Feel like this year I've learnt so much about running & myself.plus I feel stronger and make I point of doing weekly S&C sessions. I've purchased L3 marathon plan for Manchester next year which will be 1st attempt at this distance
So far so good , lots of different types of runs to keep me on my toes and i dont feel bad shuffling it about a bit either. I like the pacing section as well and it gives me some good structure. Monet well spent
After a 4 year lay off after becoming a parent, I purchased this plan back early in the year and my training has been going fantastic. I was originally at 2h 30 mins and thanks to Ben's Training Plan I have dropped to 1hr 40mins in a recent Half Marathon. I am stil looking to get to back to beyond my PB 1hr 30 mins and I feel if I keep my training I will get there.
On 26th March this year I ran my 2nd Sheffield half & 7th half in total. I'd never ran to plan before but thought that this time I'd thought I'd give one a go. And so pleased I did. Came in at 1.41.16 knocking 4.10 off previous Sheffield half back in 2019. I'd been diagnosed with wear n tear on left knee of the medial meniscus in April 22 so my running had dropped off quite a lot. When looking at the plan intial thoughts were. I'll do well to keep to this with many weeks showing 3 days running on The trot with combined S&C. I only missed 2 runs out of the 12 week plan (football match & snow). I learnt so much about not only myself but understanding the different types of runs. I mixed roughly half the intervals with my own & my clubs Thursday night sessions. Sheffield is fairly hard course with 5.5 mile elevation from the start. My Pb at this distance is 1.40.25 Manchester 2019 so definitely looking for a sub 1.40 half. Ben; love to see you come up here to run it
I've previously used Ben's intermediate 5k 8-week plan to go from 22mins to a PB of 19:18 couple of years ago so I chose his L3 plan to try to get 1:35 for the HM. I missed a few weeks due to injury in the middle and work got in the way of doing every session but the plans allow for that - we're amateurs after all.
I trained a little faster than the 1:35 timings to make up for any missed sessions and the plan worked brilliantly for me.
At the 2023 Cambridge HM I had a slight virus and I would have been happy with 1:37 but I smashed it with Ben getting a massive PB of 1:31:54 (and I could have gone a minute faster I reckon if I'd judged the final 3k better.
I'm now chasing 1:25 and I've bought the plan for that.
Thank you Ben - keep Getting it Done!!!
This is the second plan I have followed I find it extremely easy to follow and find the mileage just right for me. Managed to cut 9 minutes from PB following this plan with aim to go sub 1:40
Busy with the new pace and have already got the lvl 4 plan to move onto once done.
I purchased this plan in January after researching several others but finding them hard to decipher/unrealistic, and frustratingly all calculated in miles. Having hovered around 1.49 for several years without much direction and only five weeks until race day, I started at week seven and was hoping to run a 1.47 and build to achieve a sub 1.45 at an event in May. Yesterday was race day and I ran 1.38, I cant believe it, on an absolute high! I felt well prepared and strong, and when it got tough knew I had enough in the tank to keep me going. The plan was well structured, and allowed flexibility for when life gets in the way; the speed sessions are fun and challenging and the long and easy runs help to build a solid base and allow your legs to recover. I have learnt more in the last five weeks about running than in the last eight years (since my first HM) and being a member of three clubs. Thank you Ben Parkes.
Getting into the London Marathon 2023 I decided to up my training I got both the Marathon ready to start in the new year and the Half marathon plan for an even i had pre-booked.
My aim for the half I had booked was 1:45 (previous PB 1:49) I’ve just completed my half today in 1:36:16 🙌 🙌 and couldn’t be happier with it. Onto London 2023, now with Bens plan aiming for 3:30:00
Thank you for the plans, truly awesome!
Only into week 2 of my HM plan. Gone for the 1:35-1:45 based on the mileage I can squeeze in each week between life and work, hoping to go sub 95...
This is the first plan that's made sense to me in my couple of years running. Tried one for my last half, and I felt like it was for someone else. Didn't give me a focus, and didn't really seem based on what I was trying to achieve, dropped it after 4 weeks and stuck to my normal week (a couple easy, 1 speed, 1 long).
Of course, this isn't specifically for me, but like that it's not too regimental, and love that the paces are all laid out and are spot on, relevant to where I'm at fitness wise. Having looked through the phases, it looks like I will build at the right intensity with the right amount of rest for these old bones.
Time will tell of course come the end of Feb, but I get a feeling this will give me the drive, and enough specific work in and around the pace I want to hold to get that PB DONE! 👍
This training plan helped me to improve my PB at Our local half-Marathon (1:38). Varied runs and good tips and instructions on how to do the different runs, what speed to maintain for different training etc. The plan is split in two, with distances and speeds in both miles and km, which is good (miles is useless to us Norwegians). Thanks, Ben!