3:59 or BUST is the first marathon training plan that is designed to help you achieve a specific finishing time. To finish the marathon in under 4 hours!
The plan combines base running with a variety of quality runs that will help you gain strength and speed so that you can crush 4 hours!
Finishing a marathon in under 4 hours takes that challenge and gives it a kick in the pants! It takes a lot of hard work and training to get a marathon under your belt but for many runners they can't seem to stop there. They want to take it one step further and see just how fast they actually can run the marathon.
I remember how ecstatic I was finishing my first marathon (over 11 years ago!) in 4 hours and 36 minutes. WIth my second marathon again, my goal was to just finish. Maybe a little faster but no specific time goal. And I did! 4 hours and 16 minutes. I was pretty darn happy with that but the next time I told myself (in typical runner's fashion), I wanted to try to break 4 hours.
I learned though that training for a marathon with a specific time goal in mind takes a lot of hard work! It actually requires training very differently. Same sport, same distance but different goals (to finish vs. to finish in under 4 hours) requires a very different training technique.
The hard work paid off though and I shaved almost 30 minutes off my time and ran that third marathon in 3 hours and 48 minutes. #happy
This is for you if you have run a previous marathon or have been running for at least 6 months to 1 year.