Last week I told you about the amazing experience I had on a video shoot with STACK.com. The experience was wonderful and it was a ton of fun to work with the team from STACK. This week I’m going to tell you about the coaching part of the video.
The Backbones of a 5K Training Plan with STACK
The watch I was reviewing, the Polar M200, has a coaching feature as well as heart rate monitoring. We talked about newer runners specifically — those interested in beginning their running journey with a 5K. There’s no substitute for a coach but in the event you’re unable to use one or find one that suits your needs, a good watch and the backbones of a 5K training plan are preferable to nothing at all. It was enjoyable to teach my interviewer (and hopefully the world) the importance of starting slow and having a training plan.
When I have beginner runners training for a 5K, which I often do, we start very slowly and methodically. The backbone of most of my 5K training plans start with intervals as short as 30 seconds of running at a time. Starting too fast or running too far can — and will — lead to injuries.
I hope I was able to get my point across well on the STACK video that it’s important to start slow and listen to your body — and your coach. I love talking shop with runners, clients, and fellow coaches. If you’re interested in an interview or just want to chat, let’s get in touch! Check out the second video in the series and let me know your thoughts.
Running Coaches’ Corner
And now it’s time for the Running Coaches’ Corner! Join Lora Marie, Susie, Debbie, and myself for the Running Coaches’ Corner linkup today and every Wednesday. We love reading your running stories, racing tips, and coaching strategies. Scroll to the bottom of this post to add your link!
TALK TO ME!
Do you remember what program, if any, you used to start running?
Do you use a heart rate monitor for your training?