This page is all abouthow to prepare to train for a
5k run. So what I’ll cover is the bits you
need to think about before you actually start your training.
you’ve made a decision that you’d like to run a 5k, there a few things you need to consider
Is running going to be right for
only talking about a 3 mile run here, so training for it
isn’t going to take over your life, but you are going to have to commit some
time to it.
beginner you’re going to need to do a mixture of exercise which all help to improve your stamina
and fitness levels. So if you’re inactive at the moment, you’ll probably need to do a bit more,
but let me stress this again...IT WON’T NEED TO TAKE OVER
get started and actually begin running, you need to have a think about different times you could
allocate to your training. Could you get up a little earlier a couple of mornings a week?, would
it be possible to run during your lunch break or could you combine it with other tasks such as
dropping kids at after school clubs or sports classes etc?
You’ll need to be able to spare 20 – 30 minutes at least 3 times a
week to begin with.
having a think about what I've just mentioned, you can’t realistically spare the time, then
it’s unlikely that you’re ever going to be able to commit enough to the challenge of running a
5k and you could do with finding another avenue to follow.
does sound feasible, you need to next think about how and where you’re going to run. If you live
in a rural area with loads of open space to run, will you be able to do it after
thought of running outdoors and maybe seeing friends and family causes you a great deal of
embarrassment then is it possible for you to buy or borrow a treadmill, use one owned by a
friend or join a gym?
It may be
that you need to drive to an area that’s suitable for beginners to run on, for example a long
flat road with a good running surface.
good option is to join a running club. If you do a Google search for their details, you can ring
to find out if they have a beginners group and if so how far they typically run. By speaking to
someone first, you’ll also be able to get a feel for the club.
which route to running a 5k you choose to pursue, you are going to need 2 things.
training schedule and running manual. Whilst you may think that running is
simply a case of putting one foot in front of the other, a little faster than walking, and the
more you do the better you’ll get, this is a very simplistic view point.
much, much more to your training than this. Ideally...
you’ll want to
you’d prefer to
enjoy the whole experience
you want to know that
the things you’re doing are right
you’ll want to
improve your fitness fast
you want to be able to
run a 5k in just a few weeks instead of months
Unfortunately without the knowledge you
need to build up your fitness levels, the chances are you might never make it your first 5k
injuries, frustration and lack of progress are all factors that usually stop a beginner from
getting any better.
like to find out more about a running system that I guarantee will get you to your first 5k race within
the next 6 – 8 weeks depending on your current level of fitness then
click here – couch to 5k.