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Why training plans don’t work at the start of a run (and what you need instead)

It’s a little strange when a provider of training plans to start running writes an article that tells you that a beginner’s running plan is doomed in most cases to fail.

But that’s exactly what I’m doing here. Almost all beginner training plans don’t work.

To be honest, I didn’t come across this fact myself, but “to blame” is once again the brilliant running community around the endurance blog . To be more precise, the numerous participants in my beginner running courses that I’ve been running on the Internet since 2016.

Time and again I get wonderful feedback from enthusiastic runners. At the end of the course, many beginners happily report that, thanks to me, they finally managed what they had failed countless times before: start running and stick with it.

Now, as a running coach, I could of course pat myself on the back. And if I’m honest, I sometimes catch myself doing it too. But seriously, for a long time I wondered why my beginners’ running courses are so successful.

Of course, my system of slow increase with sufficient rest is fully developed and applicable to (almost) everyone. Alternating between running and walking in alternating stages is also a very important and good step towards success. And finally, 8 weeks (plus bonus weeks) is a good time to firstly cover 5 km and secondly to get used to regular running.

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