Here's my straightforward plan to do a sub-20 minute 5k, not necessarily easy but certainly straightforward
Running 5k Better
Goals: /82% Age Graded 5k and an open water Triathlon.
ps you're right
a lot of that link reminds me of one of those generic RW training articles.
By that I mean that the overall logic is sound in places, but the overall premise isn't narrowed down enough.
You actually mention yourself that sub 20 is a wildly different achievement dependent on age/gender, yet you make no distinction of what shape you have to be in before undertaking your little 2-3month plan.
A man 18-39 in the 22-23min range already, with 6months running experience who does 20-25miles a week it'd probably work for.
For a 57year old woman who's 5 years in, does 30miles a week and has a pb of 27 mins it has no chance
@StevieG, yes that's true. Thank you for those comments. I was trying to help people who want direction and are competent runners. Few people have the benefit of personalised training plans or coaching, so i was trying to help there.
I do add caveats that you need to be able to run for an hour and another caveat that if your current PB is 23-25 minutes then the plan is porobably too ambitious for you at present. So yes I agree it would not work for the 57 year old woman you mention who in reality will probably never get below 20 minutes...
I've been doing your 5k programme for the past 2 weeks and I'v found it to be very good, I wanted to change my usual routine up abit to avoid bordom, and also increase my speed abit so I googled for a sub 20 training plan and found your one, much fun so far. I wanna do a timed parkrun before the end of the year and see if I can get a sub 20.
My guess is that you've improved the article since you received the comments above.... as it seems pretty clear.
But the actual 4 part programme is not so easy to instantly get my head round. Partly because I cannot think in 'seconds per km' - as I'm a miles person.
If I decide to do it, then I could spend some times working it all out.- but if you're good at spreadsheets, you could create a nice little tool where people input their max & rest heart rates, and the target time for their next 5K race. As an output, the spreadsheet could give an actual schedule of training paces/times for each individual.
It would take you a few hours to do it - so that all depends on your own motivation for writing your blog/website.. but would save at least 30 minutes for each user and remove a big barrier for the uptake of your proposal (for me, I think it would take more than 30 mins to sit down and sort it all out).
I'm just coming off the back of a marathon, and looking to do something different for a while, so might have a go - although I might look to 10K first.
Jon & RunWales
thanks for the feedback. Always appreciated.
I made a few changes but not many (I thought my PS and PPSs were funny (?) but hey ho they're now numbered corporate bullet points...a bit more boring). I guess it depends on how you start reading it. I could have really condensed to a few paragraphs but then would have been criticised for making MANY mistakes hence the caveats and setting the scene. We Brits are a critical lot you know (me too).
Jon: I think you hit the nail on the head there. ie "change your routine". I think that is one of the best generic ways to improve as your body willotherwise get used to the same stimulus each time.
RunWales: yes point taken I once was a miles person but saw the light. But I take your point re uptake as we are all different. I haven't got time right now to do that but i think i will at some point
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