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The biggest mistake new runners make is rushing into training and not being patient.

To begin with, runs should be a mixture of running and walking, then over time they should be built up gradually and progressively to keep the risk of injury low.

Even with perfect form, running is a high-impact activity and beginner runners need to give their body time to adapt and adjust to the new training stimulus.

To use a training plan effectively, it’s important to listen to your body. A common mistake is sticking too rigidly to a plan and not allowing for life getting in the way or feeling particularly tired. Don’t think of a missed run as a reason to give up or lose confidence – it can be a blessing in disguise, leaving you feeling refreshed and ready for your next run.

When starting out it’s easy to focus on running the same route (which is better than not running at all), but try to vary your runs over different distances, paces and terrains to improve your fitness and conditioning. Different sessions work different muscle groups and puts different stresses on the body.

You might not be able to keep up with the professionals just yet, but you can emulate an elite athlete. Make a conscious effort to eat healthily, stretch frequently and get a good night’s sleep every night. Doing the little things right can make all the difference to your race day performance.

You can now sign up for your very own exclusive training programme designed by Great Britain International athlete Jonny Mellor. Personal coaching for just £40.00 per month helping you add structure and professionalism to your training schedule and ensure you get the most out of your 10k experience with discounts offered to runners signed up for Run North West events. Plans are delivered on a weekly basis to your desktop and mobile device so you can easily access your training on the go.

Training plans are delivered via Training Peaks either in the form of a 12-week plan or on a weekly basis.

By purchasing a plan from Jonny you will also be helping support him on his road to glory!

Please contact Jonny for more information and guidance on individual training plans.

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