Level up your running routine with the Get Stronger: Run a faster 5K
Here’s why you should do it.
You see the title of the Get Stronger: Run a faster 5K Course and think, well that’s not for me as I’m training for a longer run/race.
But training for longer runs can get a bit boring after a while. Although time on your legs can be important mixing it up can be beneficial to your running and training and more importantly your mind!
Here is why you should do it: –
- Improved Endurance: By working on your 5k speed, you’ll be able to improve your overall endurance, which is essential for completing longer distances . Running shorter distances at a faster pace will help you build up your stamina and cardiovascular fitness.
- Better Running posture: When you run at a faster pace, you’ll naturally pay more attention to your posture which can help you improve your running mechanics. This, in turn, can help you avoid injuries and improve your efficiency.
- Mindset: Working on your 5k speed can help you develop mental toughness and push through the discomfort and fatigue that can come with long-distance running. This will be essential when you’re running longer distances, and need to keep going even when your body is telling you to stop. Have a listen to this podcast on running an mindset
- Variety in your running training: Doing the same type of training day in and day out can quickly become boring and lead to burnout. Incorporating some 5k speed work into your training can add some variety and help keep you motivated.
- Goal Setting: Setting and achieving goals is an important part of any training program. By working on your 5k speed, you can set specific time goals and work towards achieving them. This can help you stay focused and motivated throughout your training.
But it’s not only the running you need to focus on, and this is the part most people skip, ignore until they get injured and have no choice!
Pilates for Runners can help strengthen your body to support your running.
The Get Stronger: Run a faster 5K Course incudes Pilates and this is why you should do it!
- Improved core strength: Pilates focuses heavily on strengthening the core muscles, which are essential for maintaining proper running technique and prevent injury. A strong core helps runners maintain good posture and form, which can reduce the risk of injury and improve running efficiency.
- Increased flexibility: Many runners struggle with tight muscles, which can lead to a variety of issues, including decreased range of motion, poor running form, and increased risk of injury. Pilates can help improve flexibility by stretching and lengthening the muscles, which can improve overall performance.
- Better balance and stability: Pilates exercises often involve balancing on one leg or holding a static pose, which can help improve balance and stability. This can be especially beneficial for trail runners or runners who frequently encounter uneven terrain.
- Reduced risk of injury: Pilates can help strengthen the muscles around the joints, which can reduce the risk of injury. Additionally, Pilates exercises are typically low impact, which can be helpful for runners who are prone to overuse injuries.
- Improved breathing: Pilates emphasizes deep breathing and proper breath control, which can be helpful for runners who struggle with breathing during longer runs.
So 10 reasons why the Get Stronger: Run a faster 5K Course will help your training even if you are training for those longer runs or a race.
Jane who is currently on the course, joined as she is training for a 100k hike this summer. She knows if she is running fit it will help her.
She’s enjoying it too
How the course Get Stronger:Run a faster 5K Course works
The course is over 11-weeks.
Each week you will be asked to complete: –
- 3 x run sessions.
- 1 x Pilates session (doesn’t matter if you haven’t done Pilates before
- Daily strength challenge
The aim is you plan your week to fit into your life each week. You will be part of a private Facebook group with others to support and motivate as well as accountability to myself and Michelle (find out more out us here) as well as private Strava Club.
Whether you want to increase your 5K time, mix up your running training for a longer run doing this course will help and keep you motivated and accountable to your goals.