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Runner's World Beginner Program

Runner's World Beginner Program

If there is more than one way up the mountain, there is definitely more than one way to begin a running program. I am a fan of the Couch to 5k plan that Cool Running created that prepares you for a 5k in eight weeks, but what if you want a plan that gets you to the 5k mark a few weeks earlier? Runner's World has a plan that will get you up and running a 5k in as many weeks. The Beginner 5k Plan is a little more flexible and a little less structured. You start with 20 minutes of walking or cross training, so if you want to add a little running your first day out it is up to you to motivate yourself to pick up your pace. The plan does have you moving in some way, shape, or form six days a week and this consistency will definitely keep you on track.

Check out the plan here and get running! Don't let those lame Pearl Izumi ads keep you from hitting the streets.

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TOPSEEKRIT TOPSEEKRIT 9 years
Team in Training also has a good coaching program; I'm excited to start out tomorrow.
almostloli almostloli 9 years
it looks "achievable" :D
Casasailer Casasailer 9 years
Any suggestions of how to modify the Beginner 5K plan to a Beginner 8K plan by March 30th?
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
the couch potato to 5K is actually 12 weeks. I'm currently doing it. I honestly think that any quicker and I would burn myself out or injure myself. I think this is my best bet. Good luck to anyone trying to run!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
It doesn't look to bad! I wouldn't mind tryign it :D
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