Q&A: How long does it take to train for a race?

By August 26, 2020Uncategorized

You’ve caught the running bug, you’re hitting these streets and you’ve now realised jogging ain’t so bad after all. But if you’re wondering how to stay motivated, you should sign up for a race. It will keep you focused on a goal, and with so many races going virtual, it’s easier to find a race you can do on your terms; you just need to give yourself enough time to prepare for it.

If you’re new to running and you want to complete a 5k, you can train for it in as little as 6 weeks. Of course, the more time you have, the better – and Couch to 5k plans usually aim to get you race ready in 8 or 9 weeks. Here’s some of our favourite plans:

5ks are ideal for new runners and most training plans will expect you to run at least three times a week. They’re designed to help you complete the distance as comfortably as possible, so no need to worry about your pace, either.

If you want to complete a 10k, you’ve either run a 5km before, or you run 10ks regularly and you’d like to work on a new Personal Best (PB). Regular runners can train in as little as 6 weeks, but if you’re going from couch to 10k, you’ll need at least 8 weeks to get yourself to the start line in the best shape possible. Here’s our pick of the plans:

No matter what distance you choose to run, just remember to be kind to yourself.  Training is meant to be fun, because at the end of the day, you’re running your own race. You’ve got this girl!

Need a race goal this autumn? Run For The Culture is our debut virtual race for black women to celebrate UK Black History Month in October. Find out how to register at flygirlcollective.co/runfortheculture.

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