This is my second marathon and second plan of Ben's I've followed. Previously using the level 3 intermediate. Purchased the next level up with the aim of it taking me to a sub 3 and it delivered! Prior pb to this 3:11:47 LM Oct 21.
Had a good amount of volume which progressed at a manageable rate and the necessary pace sessions to get me ready on race day for sub 3 running. Really well laid out.
Thanks again Ben for helping me hit my goal!
Bought the level 4 training plan ahead of running the Newport marathon looking to run a sub 3.
What can I say the 15 week plan worked perfectly ,great layout ,easy to use great little advice columns to keep you thinking ,stayed true to the plan and run myself to a 2:58:41 PB .Taking 15 minutes off my previous best .cheers Ben
Purchased the level 4 plan as I wanted to stretch myself by training with higher mileage and more intensity to get me to sub 3.30.
The plan itself is intense with 5/6 days a week of training, but the mix of sessions was enjoyable and felt like they were taking me in the right direction, you do have to be 'all in' I think and follow the plan.
Today I knocked 9 minutes off my previous PB going from 3.33 down to 3.24, which I was delighted with.
Overall very pleased with the plan, would recommend it to someone who has the time to dedicate to the 6 days per week and the pretty high mileage.
This plan has just helped me get a sub 3hr time at Boston UK marathon. (2:58:05)
Loved the mix of training sessions, mileage was achievable and paces just felt right.
Sure the Ben Parkes hat also played a part...
Highly recommend using one of Ben's plans (and hat).
So last Sunday I just finished my Marathon with the time of 3:09:14 and I'm quite satisfied with it.
I would say this is a great plan to follow if planning to run 3:15 or faster. I did missed a few workouts during the 15 weeks build-up due to a little niggle here and there but that's okay because after week 12 I felt stronger than before, after completing all the long run's training, going into the race.
I will absolutely be using this plan again for my next Marathon build-up and see what can I achieve!
Love the structure and variety of workouts. Past 2 marathons used Strava’s marathon plan which was good but needed something fresh! Recommend this plan to a friend who also bought it straight away! Brisbane 2023 is the target, sub 3.10! Previous PB of 3.20 in NZ. Let’s get it! Thanks guys keep up the good work!
Only been following for a week. But seems well structured and balanced. Will post how it goes. Previous pb of 3.04. Hoping to do sub 3 by end of year. It's too hot and humid here in South Africa right now to pb.
I have been using the plan now for 4 weeks and the sessions although hard seem to be getting results.. fingers crossed I can. Complete all of the sessions before race day.. it is clear and easy to follow.. the pace guide is a fantastic feature
I've used a lot of Ben Parkes programs over the past four years, and they always helped me achieve my goal time. I used this program last year for a sub-three-hour goal at the Gold Coast marathon. Due to a snap-lockdown, the marathon was cancelled a few days out, but we were lucky to find a local Sri Chinmoy marathon a couple of weeks later. I finished the race with a 3:02 marathon which was a 33minute PB. I was over the moon with the result, especially given the 300metres of elevation in the race. If I could have run the Gold Coast marathon, I would have got my goal time. I'll be having a crack again in 2023, and I'm hoping for a sub-three marathon. Thanks for the programs, Ben and Sarah! Hopefully, we'll see you both in Australia soon.
Extremely happy with this plan so Far , having followed the level 3 marathon plan previously and ran a PB of 3.26.42 for my first serious marathon training plan , cannot recommended these plans highly enough ( especially if you put in the work ) cheers guys looking forward to the next one !!