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Whether you’re a running rookie or distance dynamo, there’s lots for you to think about when taking on a run. Here we have some handy hints that will help you to get race day ready and everything you need to get you moving!
You’ve been on your running journey and so far, so good. You’re building up your confidence and getting those miles in, but did you realize that having the right gear can mean the difference between a great run and an uncomfortable one.
It’s not just the shoes; you need to think about socks, shorts vs. trousers, layers, keeping cool vs. keeping warm, staying dry in the rain, and a number of other things.
With so many options available knowing where to start can feel daunting. Check out this advice from Runners Need for choosing your running shoes. It’s all about comfort.
Running may feel like it’s all about speed and how quickly you can run that 5k. It can be all too easy to put pressure on yourself to run as quickly as possible and compare yourself to other runners who may be sprinting past you.
This isn’t fun and nor will you feel encouraged to keep going.
Whether you’re a first time runner or making a return to running, right now, don’t worry about how many miles you cover or how fast you’re running.
To begin with it’s better to run for time, not distance, and speed will come later with practice. It’s all about practice, practice, practice. Read this 5k training tips for beginners from our friends at Active.
You may have also heard of the ‘Couch to 5k’ program from the NHS.
This popular running aid has been used by so many runners out there and many can tell of the story of when they discovered the joy of running.
It’s a great plan for beginners that breaks activity down to weekly goals consisting of walking, jogging, and running for 20-30 minutes a few times a week. Before you know it you’ll be building up your strength, pace and stamina, and more importantly, your confidence. You’ll soon be running a 5k with ease!
This really is a great place to start, head over to the NHS website to download the plan.
What training plan should I choose? What are my friends following? How do I become a better runner at that distance?
There are so many questions around training plans and what will work. In all honesty, you may need to try a few just to see what suits you the best.
Whether you’re just looking to complete the 10k, smash your personal best, or are a regular runner looking to impress on race day with a short lead time, this article from Coach Mag includes a range of up to 10k training plans that you may find work for you.