Gym,  Running

My new marathon training plan / gym plan / catch up

Time to dust off the cobwebs on this blog! Since I got injured and had that 2 week rest I just couldn’t get round to writing much. So now I have a huge list of posts to write and thought I’d start with a short update on my Paris marathon plan and gym plan/routine.

The new training plans:


If you’re a regular on the blog you know that I was previously using a standard 16 week plan from Runners World. It served me well, but I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw thatBen Parkes had plans available and for only Β£6. Chances are, a plan written by a 2:25 marathoner is going to be more than good enough for me. I went for the ‘Intermediate’ one which covers my goal time (3:45) and it goes on for 18 weeks. I actually started a few weeks into the plan just because I was already up to 15 miles on my other plan and thought it’d be a bit pointless starting again.

It’s going well so far and I’m really enjoying implementing the different paces into each run and not just running the same slow pace all the time. For example, todays run was 5 miles easy, 6 miles at marathon pace and then 2 miles easy. I’ve found that it makes the run pass by quicker because it’s cut into chunks and not just one boring long run.

I’ll be starting the weekly recaps again after this week but if you want to see what I’ve been doing, head over to my Strava or Instagram:

Strava – Kieran Cooper

Instagram – @kierancooperfitness


Not that many of you come on here for the gym stuff but I’ve now switch to a full body routine. It’s far from the most optimal way to do things but I’m liking it so far. My issue with the push/pull/legs split was that I didn’t have time anymore to go to the gym 6 days a week. Now, I’m going 2-3 times a week and it’s perfect for my schedule. Also, dedicating a whole session to legs was not ideal when having to run the next day. I’ve only been doing the full body routine for a few weeks now so I’ll do an update later on about how it’s treated me.

Random bits

I’ll put a list below of the posts I have coming up and if you want me to prioritise any of them, let me know:

– 2019 goals

– First run in the Vaporfly 4%

– Zoom fly review

– Updated reviews on my shoes after certain mileage

No doubt after the Paris marathon I’ll want to do another one to improve the time, so of you have any race suggestions get in touch. Also in 2020 I plan on doing an American marathon, failing that, another European one, so if you have any previous experiences, you know what to do.

That’s about it for this post, just a quick update on my training. Thanks for reading, peace.

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