Used BP intermediate marathon training plan. Was a bit skeptical at the beginning cause there are a lot of very long runs (up to 37k) , I sticked to the plan to the letter and even if it's demanding I finished Berlin marathon strong.
I was not aiming for a PB as I wanted to enjoy the atmosphere, finished in 3h28m48s and I am super happy with my time and the whole experience.
Thanks for the plan that I will follow again for sure and thanks for your videos.
Followed Bens 3.45-3.15 plan for the last 15 weeks. Brilliant and clear plan and really easy to follow and change sessions to suit you. Finished in 3.15.12 with a big 11 minute Pb🥳 can’t recommend these plans enough for anyone wanting a good structure to training. Thanks Ben for all your work. Chris
My running journey started 2 1/2 years ago aged 50. I've been using Ben's plans for 10k and half marathons and alway achieved PBs and top 10% on age group. I looked at a few plans and Ben's are more details and yet easier to follow. I've just purchased this marathon plan and hope to achieve a 3.30/3.40 in my first Marathon in Manchester next year🤞.
Since starting these Ben Parkes plans I’ve always achieved PB’s and GFA . Marathon training has started but I’m on holiday in Mexico so still “getting it done “ I enjoy all the sessions as they’re varied and easy to follow .
Very simple to follow with incredible amount of detail on paces/intensities/recovery/mileage/purpose of each run and general tips. Buzzing to do Chicago this year having just completed London off the L2 Improver program, which I also thoroughly enjoyed.
Really enjoyed this plan, so useful having the suggested paces. Feel like before this I said I was doing an easy pace but it wasn’t really.
Was following 3:40 plan and managed to get 3:36:06!
Only thing that could be improved is a suggested pace for the day, so if you’re aiming to 3h40 but need to consider a little bit of a leeway to say we’d recommend running at 5:06 for example to make sure you get there.
Would definitely recommend the plan and will be using it again for sure!
Great plan! I decided on a new marathon training plan to change things up. Good mix of runs to keep it fun with speed and long run days followed by rest/easy run days. The pace chart is a huge plus and easy to follow. Trained for a sub 3:30 and ran an 11 minute PB of 3:27..... or it was your hat that made me run faster 😁
Thanks Ben. Hopefully see you in Chicago.
I followed the intermediate plan after running a 4h 18m marathon 12 years ago and then getting a place in the 2023 London Marathon.
I remember the agony of mile 18 onwards - yes even 12 years later(!) and I did not want that feeling again. So I decided to follow Ben's intermediate plan and all I cared about was not 'bonking' at 18miles...
And I didn't - I smashed a 36-minute PB - with a 3h 43m marathon time and my splits per mile had a 4-second variance.
Could not be happier. Also worth noting is that the plan gives real flexibility. Some weeks, due to work, I struggled to get to the mileage but I still ran the plan and reduced the distance when I had to - and so is a sub 3h 30 possible.
I purchased the intermediate plan for my first marathon and couldn’t be happier.
Unofficially I’d been following a free online plan for a few weeks before I decided to bite the bullet and pay for Ben’s.
I like to run in kilometres and the plan was perfect as it came in two parts - miles and kilometres. I stuck it to the front of my fridge and forced myself to stick as closely as possible to the workouts.
There were days where I had to swap workouts due to work/life commitments but otherwise I found it easy to follow and understood the “logic” behind the workouts.
The motivational text that accompanies each week was helpful and saw me running in my full race gear which got the neighbours curtains twitching.
In all, I went in with a goal of sub 3:45 and finished London in 3:42:22!
Combing the Strava stats and going off the feeling I know I had enough in the tank to finish quicker (according to my watch I dropped a few mins in the few Km before mile 25 as I looked for wife who had said she’d be there cheering) but I can’t be too disappointed.
Already planning another attempt at sub 3:30!
This plan was awesome, strongly recommend! I modified the days of the week only to make the days more consistent from week to week (i.e. Mon rest day, Tues easy day, etc.), but the overall weekly plan stayed as Ben prescribed. That said, I snagged a 39 minute PR at the Paris Marathon w/ this plan, running a 3:19, and my wife snagged a 7 minute PR at 3:55!! We truly could not have done it w/out this. Very well laid-out, great variety w/in each week. Loved it so much I bought the Level 4 plan for CIM in December, and a 10k plan for some speed work between now and then. Very happy w/ it.