For beginners and experienced runners alike, there will inevitably come a time where you feel like your running progress has plateaued, and you’re not sure what to do to overcome it. This could happen in your first week of running where you’re just not sure how to get yourself started, or it could be after you’ve been running for years and are struggling to progress to that next level.

It’s in situations like these that a good running training plan can be the life saver that you need to kick start your performance. As with many things in life, adding structure and milestones to the journey you need to take to achieve your goal is the best way to get there – and running is no different.

While everyone’s running goals are bound to vary based on their own running abilities, there are a few common goals that most runners will strive to achieve at some point in their running careers, and often these revolve around a race-length distance such as five kilometres. So, if you’re looking to take the next step with your running and achieve a new distance for the first time – or if you’re looking to improve your time and performance for a distance you can already run – check out our tailor-made running guides and running training plans, below:

Training to Run

Whether you’re an experienced runner or just getting started running for the first time, we have a whole host of online resources that could help you to improve performance and achieve your next goal. From nutritional advice, tips to get motivated (and stay that way!), to recommendations for running gear and accessories . So if you emjoyed our running training plans, be sure to browser through our other free running guides, too. 

5K Training Plan

10K Training Plan

Half Marathon Training Plan

Run for Charity

If you’re already planning your next race or running event, why not consider running it for a charity like Alder Hey? Every penny that’s raised for Alder Hey goes towards life changing research and support for thousands of children and their families. Follow the links below to find out more about Alder Hey and how you can support our cause:

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