Getting back out there help

by Julie
(Cheshire )


I have run on and off for 4 years and done a few 5 ks and a 10 a couple of years Ago.

I would say I was not quite upto intermediate standard now and have run a couple of times a week for general fitness. (2 to 3 miles) max each time . ( upto 30 mins).

That said for various reasons ( no excuses really)! not run since Christmas and gained a few pounds! Motivation is low and I'm half scared I'm back to square one.

I would love to get back out there to get a decent 5 k time but do not know where to start as I think absolute beginner training is not what I need?

I would truly appreciate any advice you may have to get me going.

Thank you.


Hello Julie,

I'd like to say there's a program for you, but do you really need it? Probably not. You know what to do. Get out the door and start running!

The easiest way to motivate yourself is to sign up for a race. That way, the date looming in the future will constantly remind you to get out there and start running.

Here's a whole article on Running Motivation. Let me boil it down for you here. Schedule running into your day, take it easy at first, try to get a running buddy, set reasonable goals, and try to have some fun with it all.

I hope this helps

Happy Trails - Coach Tief

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