Contemplating signing up for Getting Started - 6 Week Beginning Training Program

Hello everyone,

I am contemplating signing up for the 6 week beginning training program.  If you've done this training can you tell me your thoughts on it?  I'd love to hear what folks think about the program.  I am not an experienced runner but feel great when I do it. 



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Comment by Janey Luper on June 9, 2012 at 9:10pm


That's a great idea. Thanks!

Comment by Richard McGaha on June 7, 2012 at 12:48pm


I did the 8 week program as a beginner and it did wonders for me then I went onto the 20 week marathon program, the 8 week program prepares you for it.  Plus you can do 5ks, 10ks and half marathons while doing the 20 week program. 


Comment by Janey Luper on June 7, 2012 at 10:50am

I'm just starting to run forefoot, plus I'm a beginner runner. I'd like to run a 5k by the end of the season. I want to do the 6 week beginning training program, then the 8 week strength endurance program, then a 12 week 5k training program, but by the time that all adds up it will be December! What training programs should I do or should I really take it that slow?

Comment by Bruno Belair on June 7, 2012 at 7:30am


I also am contemplating the 6-week program. Since I am presently finishing another program but still would like to take a look a Erik's beginner's program beforehand, I was wondering if you only have access to it for 6 weeks (starting at the moment of purchase) or if you have access to it forever .

Thanks for your help,


Comment by Matt Alford on May 8, 2012 at 3:41pm

I completed the 6-week Getting Started program.  What surprised me the most was how slowly I had to run in order to stay within the prescribed heart rate zones.  After six weeks of practicing the forefoot strike, I felt well adapted to this new technique.  My only complaint about the program is that it's only available via the Training Peaks website.  The workout gets pre-loaded into the Training Peaks calendar, which is great, but if you need to adjust the schedule, you can't edit the calendar unless you buy a Training Peaks premium upgrade for $20/month.  

Comment by Thomas Hedwall on April 27, 2012 at 8:25pm

I did the 6 week program two years ago and loved it.  It's a great introduction to running.  It has a good variety of endurance, speed, and hill exercises that I've incorporated into my own "self directed" running.  It's also a good introduction to the value of a heart rate monitor if that's new to you.  Enjoy!



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