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So far Paul Johnston has created 18 blog entries.

Why 5KRunTraining Exists

By |2019-05-03T03:31:55+00:00August 1st, 2018|5K Training|

A Bit About Why 5KRunTraining Exists I've been a runner most of my life. There's a lot of conflicting information out there and more than often there's actually too much information!! What the heck should you be doing!! Lots of long distance running, speed work, strength training, special stretching, high altitude training, the list goes [...]

Running for Fun!!

By |2019-05-03T03:46:48+00:00October 27th, 2017|5K Training|

It can be pretty easy to loose sight of why you run sometimes. Often we run because we're committed to achieving a goal or just staying fit but surely the core value should be because you enjoy it? If you're not running for fun at any point in your training then it's time to get [...]

Cross Country Training & Racing for 5K Strength Gains

By |2017-07-04T08:47:57+00:00July 4th, 2017|5K Training|

Cross country running is a tough form of running. Energy sapping running at it's best (or worst!!) often in muddy or sandy conditions, up small mounds or big hills. Sometimes the weather conditions are cold or wet and generally just all round challenging. To train for this form of running, you need to spend time [...]

Best Treadmills Reviews

By |2017-04-26T10:06:43+00:00April 26th, 2017|5K Training, Treadmills|

One of the reasons you might purchase your own treadmill is to avoid having to train at the gym on potentially outdated, broken down treadmills that are supposed to be commercial grade. More often than not, the treadmills at gyms also have time limits on them or speed limiters meaning you can't get an appropriate run [...]

Preparing Your Running Training For A Long Period

By |2017-04-03T08:45:20+00:00April 3rd, 2017|5K Training, My Training|

When you've finished a large block of training, you need to reflect on what worked well and what didn't. This means you need to keep good records of what issues arose during the training period with fitness, health, training availability/interruptions, and ultimately the results of the training. It never hurts to experiment a little with your training [...]

Eating Your Own Dog Food

By |2016-09-19T09:09:36+00:00September 19th, 2016|5K Training, My Training|

We have a saying in the computer software development industry of "eating your own dog food". Doesn't sound very pleasant but essentially it's about putting your money where your mouth is or using your own products and experiencing what everyone else has to use. The same should apply for running training. Unless you can say you've actually experienced [...]

How Important Is Your Running Form?

By |2016-09-11T23:00:29+00:00September 11th, 2016|5K Training|

When training, running and racing, how important is your running form? You've all seen that runner who has great form and seems to effortlessly glide along. There's no mistake that a great running form not only looks great but more importantly, it can help improve your running times and reduce the risks of injury. What [...]

Can You Replace Runs With Swimming and Cycling?

By |2016-09-04T09:49:14+00:00September 4th, 2016|5K Training|

An important part of being a runner is keeping a total for the number of miles/kilometres you run each week or your weekly mileage. The question I asked myself was "can you replace runs with swimming and cycling?", and if you can, what do they contribute to my weekly mileage total? The primary reasons for measuring your weekly mileage total: [...]

Can Stress Lead To A Bad Race?

By |2016-08-14T09:29:20+00:00August 14th, 2016|5K Training|

This weekend, I was due to race in our club road champs. A short low stress 7Km race that through different reasons I'd never won before. My preparation wasn't entirely bad this year. I was fit, although not as race fit as I could be, but expected to do well enough to push for the win. However, the [...]

5K Training The Long Run

By |2016-08-07T07:56:12+00:00August 7th, 2016|5K Training|

The long run is a great piece of your training regimen. It builds endurance, mental toughness and sometimes just getting out there and having a run that's enjoyable is a must. This morning, I went for a run with some of the team I'm training. Just over an hour on the hills and through shingle, snow [...]