If you’ve decided to take part in a 5k this year, then you’re going to have to spend some time and effort on your training which means ideally you’ll need to keep to a 5k training schedule.
Your mind is determined on your target, you’re ready, willing and able, but what’s your next move?
This is the point at which many people would search online for a free training schedule. You won’t struggle finding one, there’s a lot around that you can download from most running or charity websites, they’ll as a rule give you a a chart with a collection of numbers relating to distances or times you need to to run each day
But the problem with these free programs is that you’ll discover absolutely nothing about running and this lessens your chances of success and increases the likelihood of suffering from injuries.
Any respectable training schedule should contain all the following: –
- Nutritional support, you can’t wish to function well if you are filling up on the wrong type of fuel, after all you wouldn’t put diesel in a petrol car…Would you?.
- New training techniques which improve fitness levels. Advanced training methods have advanced dramatically. Using them means it’s unlikely that you will overuse the same muscles and joints which can lead to progress stopping injury.
- The advanced strategies in my new guide – ‘5K Training For Beginners’ will rapidly increase your fitness levels and minimise the time spent training.
- The best way to decide on running shoes and the right options of clothing to choose.
- Purposefully placed rest days that take in to account the level of effort of the previous days training.
Perhaps the most important thing an effective training schedule should teach you is exactly how your body adapts from the beginning of your training right up to race day, meaning you’ll see exactly what it is you’re aiming to do. You’ll know when and how to change your training to boost your progress and quickly see the signs of overtraining and sidestep incapacitating injuries.