Find the best 5k plan that suits you

 So I guess you know the answer…

It’s the couch to 5k…

After all…

It’s an NHS programme…

Well you’re wrong, and here’s why…

3 reasons why the Couch to 5k is NOT the best 5k plan 

  1. It’s too advanced

So says a biomechanist that I recently spoke to.  Let’s face it; a total beginner, COUCH POTATO, doing 12.5 laps of an athletics track non-stop in 8 weeks???? What were you thinking??? So don’t believe the hype.  I’m not one to go against mainstream practice just to sound different or outlandish but on this thing I’m with the professionals.  And by the way an NHS initiative does not qualify it as approved by experts.  Running is a complex bio-mechanical movement so specialists in that field should have more of a final word.

  1. It’s too basic

So I have been coaching this programme simply because my work requires me to.  We get a lot of people signing up who are already fitness enthusiasts but want to transition from the gym to the outdoors and find the 5k distance quite daunting to begin.  These guys, 4 weeks in, are starting to find it a little too easy and boring.  The result is a huge gulf between a true couch potato and those already well-conditioned.

  1. Structure is rubbish

As a way to get into a fitter lifestyle it simply doesn’t cut it.  Runners almost live in some sort of denial that strength training and stretching isn’t necessary.  Credit to the NHS in devising the strength and flex programme to work alongside the couch to 5k but this is the foundation in order to build the resistance around the joints by strengthening the important muscles.

So what is the best 5k programme?

There isn’t one as it depends on a multitude of individual factors but my tip is to only embark upon it if you can comfortably run 500 metres without going beyond 70% exertion.  If there was anything that made you doubt your ability to follow the plan (particularly any next-day soreness) then don’t be a cheapskate and hire a trainer for professional advice.  I’m sick of the culture where people don’t want to pay for professional coaching.  You pay over-the-top prices for meals at restaurants every week so why not fork out for someone that might change your life?

I have ideas on completing a 5k.  Download my ebook here for tips on doing it your way.