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How To Train For Running Events

The best way to train for running, is by starting off with easy, manageable workouts and building them up gradually over a period of weeks and months. Don’t do too much too soon, or you’ll soon end up injured or demotivated.

Running fitness grows steadily over time, like coffee dripping through a filter and accumulating in a jug. If you have no background of fitness or sport, it’ll take you longer to get fit enough to run 10km. Once you’ve built that fitness, it’s easier to maintain it.

Specific Training Tips For Running

Around 85% of your training should be done at an easy pace, where you can maintain a conversation. If that means you need to walk for a while during a run, that’s fine. Low intensity training boosts your fitness and is kind to your body too, meaning you’re less likely to get injured.

The other 15% of your training can be done at higher intensities. This normally involves harder efforts with frequent rests, once you’ve done a good warm up. Our online training plans include speed sessions, easier aerobic workouts and regular recovery periods, so you improve consistently throughout. 

Aim to run at least twice per week, ideally more. The duration of your runs will depend on your current fitness and the type of event you’re training for.

Your training workouts should start off relatively short and progress gradually over a period of weeks and months, so that your body gradually adapts to the loads placed upon it. Include regular recovery days and easy weeks, so that it never feels like a drag. The more you enjoy it, the longer you’ll stick with it. Consistency and gradual progression are the keys to improvement.

No matter how experienced you are, be cautious about progressing your speed and distance, to avoid injury. Soft surfaces are generally better than hard ones for reducing injury rates.

If you’re a fit beginner, you could kick off your training by running two miles each time, increasing by one mile per month. Do most of your running at chatting pace, even if it means you include some walking. It’s also good to include some harder efforts, interspersed with plenty of easy stuff. For your harder days, you should follow pre-planned workouts, so you’re more likely to complete a quality session.

We include two 45-minute strength and conditioning sessions per week with our triathlon plans. These workouts can help balance your strength and flexibility, which leads to more efficient movement patterns and fewer injuries. We suggest you only do strength work in addition to at least two runs, rather than instead of them.

How Long Do I Need To Train For?

Entering a running event is a great way to kickstart your training, because it adds a sense of urgency to your preparation. The earlier you start training for your target event, the more time you can build up your fitness gradually. Fitness adaptations take weeks and months to occur, rather than days. 

If you’re a beginner who has some recent background in fitness or sport, give yourself eight to 12 weeks to get fit and ready for a 10km event. In fact, no matter what level you’re at, it’ll take eight to 12 weeks to significantly improve your fitness.

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