Western Campus Recreation

Learn To Run

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5km Learn to Run 16 & 24 Week Training Programs

The purpose of the 5km Learn to Run training programs is to prepare you to be able to run 5km without walking. The best news? No prior running experience is necessary to learn how to train for a 5km. If you can walk and run, you can finish this program. The training programs includes several short sessions during the week of only about 30 minutes each. You'll do a run-walk combo, alternating between running and walking segments to build up your endurance. Give it a try and you might just meet your goal and finish a 5km.

The 5km Learn to Run training program includes one 16-week and one 24-week program (based on a 7-day weekly schedule) to choose from, on how to train for a 5km to allow you flexibility to fit your lifestyle. For the 16-week program, this is higher intensity and you run more earlier in the program. For the 24-week program, the intensity increases at a slower rate and you run less, earlier in the program.

Tips on Learning to Run

Tips on learning to run will be sent every two weeks to everyone who has registered for the program. These tips will be taking from articles online and will include info such as, proper shoe wear and clothing, hydrating, running form, goals, stretching, etc.

Questions you need to ask a run coach

A link to a zoom call with a Western running coach will be sent out approximately every four weeks to allow people who have registered for the program to reach out for help and ask questions. Additionally, an email address will be provided to allow participants to ask the running coach questions in between the zoom calls.

Registration Fee: Free

Registration Information: Registration for the 5km Learn to Run clinic is open to Western/Affiliated University College students, faculty and staff. Registration opens 8:00am Monday, April 12, 2021 online at shop.westernmustangs.ca. Registration closes 11:59pm Friday, May 7, 2021.

Individual programs can start as early as Monday, April 19.

Your individual running program will begin the week following YOUR registration date, e.g. If you register on April 14, your program will begin the week of April 19; if you register April 21, your program will begin the week of April 26, etc….