Beyond Couch to 5K

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04/10/2012 at 11:30

Hiya, I will be completing the C25K program next week, and am running the Race For Life 5k tomorrow as a sort of "celebration" that I've managed to finish. 

However, I'm now wondering what to move onto regarding my weekly training plan as I definitely want to keep running, and for me having a plan or a bit of structure means I'm more likely to keep going. 

I don't want to jump straight onto training for a 10k however- I only started running recently, and feel like it would be beneficial to just generally increase my running fitness over the winter, gradually increasing distance. 

I've had a brief read of this thread which has some useful info:

But just wondered if anyone had anymore specific tips? I'm expecting to complete the 5k in 30-35mins so not particularly fast, but it's a start! I'm keen to do some Park Runs as well...


04/10/2012 at 13:58

Sure I guess I do have a reasonably clear idea .

I was just wondering whether I should stick with training by time (as the Couch to 5k program does) ie. 30min run, 45min, 60min etc. Or switch to 2miles, 3miles... And whether I should just be looking at doing easy runs to start with until i get better, or whether I should be incoroporating speed-work ?

08/10/2012 at 09:51

Thanks Cake I guess it's a pretty open ended question! Ran my first 5k on Friday and finished in about 37minutes (wasn't officially timed), so am definitely proud of myself for doing that. A couple of months ago I couldn't run for 2mins straight! 

I loved the buzz of the race, and i think it's fair to say that I'm hooked! so will definitely be looking into 10ks and longer distances eventually, but will just enjoy running for now Going to check out the Park Run too...


09/10/2012 at 13:17

Hi Beki - definately go to one or two park runs as you have suggested. My girlfriend has taken up running this year and has taken her times down to 35 minutes now. Doing these regularly (she has done 6 or so over the last few months) has seen her time consistently go down...and is also keeping up the challenge by going to different park runs. They pretty much cater for everyone...whether it be those with elite times through to someone running/walking with their children or pet dog! Definately worth a go and you obviously get an official time too!

Edited: 09/10/2012 at 13:17
09/10/2012 at 14:15

Hi WJH Well done to your gf! It's good to know that I wouldn't be massively slow or the last one to finish if I did do the Park Run! Not that I have a big problem with that, I'm proud of my own achievements. And it does sound like a good atmosphere- I really like the idea that it's all over the country and once you've registered you can go to any of them! Great idea

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