How to run your first 5k

Knowing how to run your first 5k is instinctive for a lot of people, but what if you have a 5k as your goal in the next few months? What do you need to know? I felt so incredibly proud of myself when I ran my first 5k all those years ago. All those months of runs and training had all paid off! I remember starting running back in 2008...

What to do after Couch to 5k

Couch to 5k is a fantastic programme that helps you run a 5k in less than 10 weeks. For many runners, it’s their first taste of running.  What makes the Couch to 5k programme so great is that it gradually eases you into running and gets you used to running longer distances as the programme progresses. Many runners fall in love with the programme because there’s absolutely no pressure to...

How to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less

Being able to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less is a common running goal for a lot of runners who have a few races under their belt. There’s a decent amount of training that needs to go into your training plan in order to get you where you want to be. When I first started running all those years ago, 5k was a distance that I enjoyed building...

How many miles is a 5k? Your essential guide to running a 5k

How many miles in a 5k? How to train for a 5k? What time should I be aiming for my first 5k? In my blog post this week, I answer these common questions about the 5k. Whether you’re new to running or new to racing, the first step in your running journey will probably be a 5k. In my opinion, it’s the perfect running distance as it offers a good...

5 important things to remember when setting effective running goals

Setting effective running goals is surprisingly hard to get right. Whether you’re training for your first 5k or looking to run your first half marathon, running goals help you keep on track. Many runners make the mistake of setting vague goals in the hope of achieving them, when in fact they need to be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time Bound. In other words, they need to follow the S.M.A.R.T...

How to pace your run: 4 simple tips for effective pacing during your run

How you pace your run can make a huge difference to your race time. Every runner has experienced it. You set off on your run feeling fresh so you decide to run a little faster than normal, then half way through you start to flag. The lactic acid starts to pool in your legs and they gradually turn to jelly. It’s either continue on with heavy legs, or cut your...

7 things you need to know about the Couch to 5k training plan

For many runners, the Couch to 5k training plan is their first experience of running. It offers a fun and easy way in which to take up running and develop a life-long love of it. Couch to 5k is not about being fast or being able to run for miles and miles without stopping. The beauty of it is that is combines both walking and running and offers new runners...

8 ways to run for longer without getting so tired

As a runner, you may have thought of ways to run for longer without getting so tired. Endurance and stamina are incredibly important for runners. If you’re a beginner, you’re probably thinking if and when it will get easier. If you’re more advanced, you may be thinking of ways to get faster. It’s natural for new and experienced runners alike to want to build up their endurance so they can...

How to run a faster 5k

How to run a faster 5k? Many new runners set themselves a goal of running this distance, with the view of achieving a PB. There’s nothing more rewarding than finishing your first 5k. At 3.1 miles, it’s a distance that cannot be underestimated. If you run too fast, you can quickly tire yourself out, so pacing yourself yet knowing when to hit the accelerator is key to a successful race....

What to do before your first 5k race

So you’ve booked onto your first 5k race. Congratulations! Taking on your first 5k is exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. All your hard work and training over the last few months has prepared you for race day! Whether you’ve entered your first Parkrun or you’re doing a Race for Life with a few friends, it’s important to plan to make the race as enjoyable as possible and...