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Welcome to your very first step towards a healthier lifestyle and the exhilarating world of running. The Couch to 5k program is not just a running plan—it’s a beginner-friendly revolution that paves the way for a new chapter in your life.

Couch to 5k Running Plan: Your Nine-Week Journey

The Couch to 5k running plan is a thoughtfully crafted program that eases you into running, gradually progressing from short walking intervals to the full 5k running distance. This plan is designed to build your stamina and confidence at a pace that’s comfortable for you.

Training Plan to Run a 5k:

Week 1 to 3: Walking and Jogging Intervals

– Week 1: 60 seconds of jogging followed by 90 seconds of walking.
– Week 2: Increase jogging to 90 seconds with two minutes of walking.
– Week 3: Combine 90 seconds of jogging with 90 seconds of walking, and 3 minutes of jogging with 3 minutes of walking.

Week 4 to 6: Establishing a Running Base

– Week 4: Jog for 3 minutes, walk for 90 seconds, jog for 5 minutes.
– Week 5: Transition to jogging for 5 minutes, walking for 3 minutes, and jogging for 8 minutes.
– Week 6: Aim for a 25-minute jog by the end of the week.

Week 7 to 9: Becoming a Runner

– Week 7: Consistently jog for 25 minutes.
– Week 8: Push to a 28-minute jog.
– Week 9: Complete your transformation with a 30-minute jog.

How Many Miles is a 5k Run?

Understanding the goal is crucial. A 5k run equates to about 3.1 miles, a perfect distance for beginners to aim for as it’s achievable yet challenging, providing a significant sense of accomplishment upon completion.

Training Schedule for 5k: Consistency is Key

Adherence to your training schedule is what will ultimately carry you across the finish line of your first 5k. Consistency in your runs, recovery days, and cross-training activities will build the foundation for your running success.

Beyond the Finish Line: The 5k to 10k Training Plan

As you lace up for this adventure, remember you’re not alone. UKRunChat is here with resources, support, and encouragement. Plus, with our coaching app partneers Runna, you can get an extended free trial using the code UKRUNCHAT1 to support your C25K journey. Sign up and more information is here.

Your first 5K is just the beginning. As you cross that finish line, bask in your accomplishment and look ahead. Maybe a 5K to 10K training plan is in your future? Whatever path you choose, run it with heart, run it with determination, and run it with joy.