Lockdown Couch to 5K Programme

Join Rick Wilson, the founder of Blackburn Couch to 5k, as he delivers a Lockdown version of the Couch to 5K Programme! Each film is complemented with lots of additional coaching, leadership and motivation for anybody seeking a lifelong lifestyle transformation.

How does it work?

Simply download the films (below) to your smartphone and listen to Rick’s coaching and instructions.

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The Couch to 5K Programme

Week one

Discussion Topic: Rick talks about exercise and weight loss

  • Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week two

Discussion Topic: Learn the benefits of having a really strong sense of purpose

  • Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 90 seconds of running with 2 minutes of walking, for a total of 20 minutes. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week three

Discussion Topic: Expanding your comfort zone and optimal anxiety

  • Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then two repetitions of 90 seconds of running, 90 seconds of walking, 3 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week four

Discussion Topic: Measuring success

  • Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 3 minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, 5 minutes of running, 2½ minutes of walking, 3 minutes of running, 90 seconds of walking, 5 minutes of running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week five

Discussion Topic: You can’t outrun a bad diet

  • There are three different workouts for this week. They are as follows:
    • Workout 1: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down
    • Workout 2: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 8 minutes of running, 5 minutes of walking, 8 minutes of running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down
    • Workout 3: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 20 minutes of running, with no walking. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week six

Discussion Topic: Staying injury free

  • There are three different workouts for this week. They are as follows:
    • Workout 1: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 8 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down
    • Workout 2: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 10 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 10 minutes of running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down
    • Workout 3: a brisk 5-minute walk, then 22 minutes of running with no walking. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week seven

Discussion Topic: The perfect week

  • Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 25 minutes running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week eight

Discussion Topic: What’s your next goal and is it a SMART one?

  • Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 28 minutes of running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Week nine

Discussion Topic: Self reflection and choices

  • Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 30 minutes of running. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down

Tips on progression

  • The programme is designed for beginners to gradually build up their running ability to be able to run 5K without stopping.
  • The pace of the nine-week running plan has been tried and tested by millions of new runners, so you can trust the programme.
  • You can, however, repeat any one of the weeks until you feel physically ready to move on to the next session.
  • Structure is important for motivation, so try to allocate specific days in the week for your runs and stick to them.
  • Rest days are critical. A rest day in between each run will reduce your chance of injury and will also make you a stronger, better runner.
  • Resting allows your joints to recover from what is a high-impact exercise and your running muscles to repair and strengthen.
Week One, Day One Couch to 5K

Week One, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total ...
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Week One, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week One, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total ...
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Week One, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week One, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then alternate 60 seconds of running and 90 seconds of walking, for a total ...
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Week Two, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Two, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 6 x 90 second runs followed by 2 minutes of walking. Finish with ...
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Week Two, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Two, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 6 x 90 second runs followed by 2 minutes of walking. Finish with ...
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Week Two, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Two, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 6 x 90 second runs followed by 2 minutes of walking. Finish with ...
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Week Three, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Three, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 90 second run, followed by 90 seconds of walking, 1 x ...
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Week Three, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Three, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 90 second run, followed by 90 seconds of walking, 1 x ...
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Week Three, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Three, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 90 second run, followed by 90 seconds of walking, 1 x ...
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Week Four, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Four, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 90 second run, followed by 90 seconds of walking, 1 x ...
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Week Four, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Four, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 90 second run, followed by 90 seconds of walking, 1 x ...
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Week Four, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Four, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 90 second run, followed by 90 seconds of walking, 1 x ...
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Week Five, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Five, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 5-minute run, followed by 3 minutes of walking, 1 x 5-minute ...
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Week Five, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Five, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 8-minute run, followed by 5 minutes of walking, 1 x 8-minute ...
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Week Five, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Five, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 20-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Six, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Six, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 5-minute run, 1 x 3-minute walk, 1 x 8-minute run, 1 ...
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Week Six, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Six, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 10-minute run, 1 x 3-minute walk, 1 x 10-minute run. Finish ...
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Week Six, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Six, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 22-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Seven, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Seven, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 25-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Seven, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Seven, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 25-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Seven, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Seven, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 25-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Eight, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Eight, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 28-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Eight, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Eight, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 28-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Eight, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Eight, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 28-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Nine, Day One Couch to 5K

Week Nine, Day One Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 30-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Nine, Day Two Couch to 5K

Week Nine, Day Two Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 30-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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Week Nine, Day Three Couch to 5K

Week Nine, Day Three Couch to 5K

Begin with a brisk 5-minute walk, then 1 x 30-minute run. Finish with a 5-minute walk to warm down How ...
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