So you want to run, but not sure how to train?
There are a ton of options out there, but here are some of my favorites:
- Couch to 5k – this is literally a program designed for someone who is/does not run to finish a 5k in 9 weeks (downside – timed intervals assume you run a certain pace so use the distance options)
- Nike Plus Run Club – this app tends to be one of my favorites for out door runs. Training plans are put together by professionals, but I found the ramp up a little too strenuous when I used it for my first half marathon. 5k does a good job of mixing up workouts for 8 weeks.
- Walking your first 5k – 8 weeks Hal does a great job of starting you off where you can actually start. Walking 15 minutes!! If you feel a lot of pain with even a light jog, start here.
Overall, avoid programs that require 3 miles week 1 if you are not able to go out and run a mile now. You can train for the walking your first 5k from almost any fitness level after you check with your physician of course.