running training plan

Where and how do you start to run?

Like falling off a log, it's easy isn't it? But, do we all run to our maximum potential? Do we fully expoit our own ability? Do we enjoy our running? Can we run without getting injured? In short, are we doing it right?

Yes, running is natural, but there is real art in satisfying our own needs to be the best we can be. There is science too. Doing things in certain ways can lead to injury, slow progress and the susequent demotivation.

Your training should begin with an honest assessment of where you are right now. Are you a beginner, eager to set off on the right foot and in the right direction? Or are you a runner with years upon years of running experience of doing it almost right? If you know where you are right now, then you'll know where to focus your training in order to move to the next level. There are various training tools here at Running Training Plan to hep you assess your own ability.

From where you are you'll need to decide where you want to be and set your course accordingly. Run a 5k in 8 weeks? Run a marathon in under 3 hours? Or maybe focus on your running form and technique — yes it is important, running badly will put you at more risk of injury and limit your potential. So only you can decide where to target your running training. We can help you determine what is achievable for you in a given amount of time, and then we can then help you get there.

If you are just starting out then it might seem a bit overwhelming, but just like the marathon, you can move on one step at at time. Perhaps you might have to start your running without doing any running at all, remember, it's best to be fit to run rather than run to be fit.

Every runner needs information, and not just information that is dictated by the requirements of a commercial magazine. Our running information is based on research and the experience of runners in the real world and our own experience as coaches — we have no corporate advertisers to please. It's up-to-date and it's sorted to help you get the most from your running. If you have personalised training and access to the best running advice, you will run better, faster, longer, more healthily and — perhaps most important of all — more enjoyably.

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