When it comes to developing your running technique and endurance, basing it on set distances can be a helpful and effective way of tracking your progress. Once you know the length of the run you are aiming to do, you can slowly build up stamina and confidence as you go. However, alongside simply repeating or increasing the distance of your runs, there are ways of improving your stamina, especially for those that have only recently kicked off their journey as a runner. In this article, we make the very most of our partnership with The Running Channel to bring you their helpful videos all about the very best ways of making the most of your training to run 5k and 10k. If you enjoy what you’re watching, remember to give The Running Channel a like and subscribe after you finish viewing.

Running tips for beginners

How To RUN Your First 5k | Running Tips For Beginners

It’s the running distance that’s been on everyone’s lips, especially during that time in 2020 when we weren’t allowed outside of our houses for more than one hour of exercise a day. Although those days are now (hopefully) consigned to history, how a runner executes a 5k is still seen as a good barometer as to how they are progressing. In this video, The Running Channel’s Anna and Rick give you the inside track on the best ways to complete a 5k as a beginner. Tips include how to find the right training plan, how to set achievable goals, gain a good consistency, pick the perfect playlist and what to do when the day of your 5k arrives. Give it a watch, it might just be the first step to something special.

HOW TO Run Your First 10k | Running Tips For A 10k Race

Before thoughts of longer distances like marathons start to cross your mind, it’s essential to sensibly step your way up through the distances, so look to the 10k next. Once you’re comfortable running a 5k you may feel like you’d be able to do double that with ease. While that may be the case for some, it’s definitely worth knowing what you’re getting yourself into before you put on your running shoes. In the video below, Kate, Anna and Rick give you a rundown of what you need to know, from choosing the right 10k, training for it properly, and getting your running consistency right. Follow everything in the video, and who knows? You might even find your first 10k a breeze.

Increasing your long-distance running speed

How To Run A SUB 20 MINUTE 5K

When it comes to pushing yourself, it’s not always a case of looking for new distances. Developing your endurance and speed is a crucial part of improving your running performance, so more experienced runners might be looking to set a new goal within that same distance. An ambitious goal for some people might be to run 5k in under 20 minutes, but the tips in this video are relevant and adjustable whatever your goal might be. Andy and Anna take us through the very best ways to make it happen, from the types of training you should be taking up, perfecting interval sessions, and getting comfortable with threshold and tempo runs, long-distance and easy and steady runs. You’ll be pushing yourself to a new personal best in no time.

How To Run A SUB 45 MINUTE 10K

Much like the sub 20 minute 5k, it’s always worth pushing yourself within a situation that you’re familiar with before heading onto something bigger. Once you feel comfortable completing a 10k (and it’s taking you longer than 45 minutes), it’s worth checking out this video for the best ways to improve your time, especially if you’re looking to get involved in a race. In the video Anna and Kate talk about the different stages of the training, from the maths behind hitting that sub 45 minute target, building a base to work from and the range of running styles that can bring you that success.

How to improve your Personal Best running time

HOW TO GET A 5K PB | Run A Faster 5k With These Speed Workouts

A runner’s personal best is often a thing of pride, while at the same time being something that they desperately want to beat. When starting out, it’s important to make a note of your personal best time (regardless of what it looks like compared to others), as this will be the best way to track your improvements you make the more you train. But how does one train for a better personal best time? Well, in the above video Kate and Anna give us the lowdown on the best ways to develop using interval training and track alternatives, and how to prepare for your PB attempt when race day is just around the corner. There are also helpful recovery tips which will help post-run and get you out there again as quickly as possible.

How To Get A 10k PB | Run A Faster 10k With These Top Tips

Although the ambition remains the same, achieving a personal best time you’re proud of across different distances does not always require the same approach. While it might be speed workouts that make the difference to you in your attempt for a 5k PB, ultimately you need a well rounded, more resilient approach if you are going to get to the end of the 10k with a time that really shows improvement. So, with that in mind, the video below, hosted by Anna, Rick and Kate, has a wide range of methods that can help a runner improve their personal bests, which include using slow and fast techniques, hill training, short and effective warm down techniques and also how to align your PB goals with a specific race day.