April 12, 2022 at 4:14 am #16939
I have just used another Level 2 plan to run another marathon PB on Sunday.
In my last three marathons using Level 2, I have achieved 3:08:26 (Oct 2020), 3:05:17 (Oct 2021), and 3:03:05 (two days ago).
I am well inside the BQ for my age group (almost 17 mins), and also 12 mins inside ‘good for age’ entry at London, which is my home race.
I want to run London 2023 in sub-3:00, likely to be April 23. I can’t afford the time to move to Level 3, so my question is what can I do to make this possible?
For context, I just run. No strength or conditioning, nothing.
DeanApril 13, 2022 at 10:14 am #16944David WardenKeymaster
Under 3:00 without the Level 3 plan is possible, but only under certain conditions (age, gender, experience, course…). You’re one of the athletes who is flirting with <3:00 on Level 2, but those last 3 minutes are going to be tough. Some ways you can increase your chances:
- Execute workouts at the top of the zone. Not all, but at least the hard days.
- Add strength training. If you can't go to Level 3, at least make it a Level 2.3 plan by adding in the strength training.
- Mileage matters. Add 20-30 minutes onto any easy run when you can afford the time.
DavidApril 13, 2022 at 10:26 am #16947
Thank you David – this is really appreciated.
I’ll keep you posted!April 13, 2022 at 3:06 pm #16948
Thanks again David,
I have a follow-up question on the strength plans. It appears that there a few options.
First, the free plans vs the premium ones. What are the differences? I’m happy to buy a premium one, but I wonder what the advantages are.
Secondly, I don’t know whether to go for level 1 or 2. I have no experience of strength training, and I’m 46 next month. I use a level 2 marathon running plan, so should I use a level 2 strength plan? Or should I play it safe and go for level 1, given my age and inexperience?
DeanApril 16, 2022 at 8:25 am #16959David WardenKeymaster
See https://www.8020endurance.com/free-vs-premium-strength/ for the differences between the Free and Premium plans.
Regarding the level, on the Free and Premium Strength plan, the Level simply matches the main plan. If you are on a Level 1 main plan, choose Level 1 Strength plan.
DavidApril 16, 2022 at 9:29 am #16961
Thank you for the clarification. Level 2 it isMay 17, 2022 at 1:31 pm #17151
Hello once again.
I have taken stock and looked into the things you have mentioned. I have a couple of extra questions.
1. David – you say to execute the workouts at the top of the zone. Not all, but at least the hard days. How do you define the hard days? I’m assuming you don’t mean the foundation runs, so do you mean the Tuesday and Friday tempo/ intervals, or the Sunday endurance runs? Or is it the foundation runs? If I can manage it for all my runs in the week, should I try to do that?
2. Strength. I downloaded the premium maintenance plan a few weeks ago, and I like it. I am running a target half marathon in November, and will go for my sub-3:00 marathon next April in London. Should I download the HM strength plan and the marathon strength plan? That’s three strength plans overall, and they don’t look very different from the previews. If they are different enough to justify buying all three versions, then I will. If not, it would be great to get your opinion.
Thank you very much.
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