Figuring out how to train can be a challenge if you are a beginner. It can also be tough to decide your distances or what amount of time to run. Thankfully, there are a multitude of resources when it comes to determining the best progression for training for you.

Couch-to-5K running program from Cool Running is one of those regimens. You are able to run either by time or distance, and the program delivers a nine-week schedule (three times a week) for your running workout. It’s simply put and efficient in nature. It takes you from an easy start to a 5K finish. An added bonus is that there’s an app for it, too!

Hal Higdon’s half-marathon training program offers a 12-week schedule to get you ready for 13.1 miles of fun. It provides information on pace, stretching, long runs, rest days, strength training, cross training and distance. The day-by-day schedule will help get you through a training program and prepare for race day.

Marathon Rookie provides a zero-to-26.2 plan for marathon runners. This is specifically for an individual running his or her first marathon, however, it can be used for varying levels. From motivation to hydration and avoiding injury (some of the things we have already talked about in this running series), this program is a good resource for getting you on the road to completing a marathon.

There is a variety of schedules and programs. Take the time to use Google for all that it is, and make a decision for the program that best suits you.

Also, many of our local running store partners offer training classes that can get you to a 5k, half-marathon or full marathon, or will help to increase speed or improve your form.

Happy trails!