And on the 7th Day I went running…

Hi, my name is Matt, I’m a keen amateur runner, and welcome to the site.

I started this fledgling website because, firstly, I love reading, talking, and writing about running and I wanted to create something that would be a useful resource for other runners of all abilities. It is a running website, put together (some might say cobbled) by someone who loves running and not by generic bloggers or robots feeding you biased reviews in the hope that you’ll buy things you don’t need. If there is ever a review or endorsement that does appear on this site it will be because it is something that I believe in.

Now, everyone knows that the internet is the best thing since the invention of the boiled egg slicer; at no point in history has information been so readily available. We live in a blessed age, and one must be thankful. Uncle Google can provide pretty robust answers to the sorts of existentialist questions that have embattled mankind since we first twigged that sacrificing virgins and livestock wasn’t having the desired effect. ‘What is the meaning of life?’, ‘what happens when we die?’, ‘what colour pants shall I wear today?’

Humanity it seems, has evolved past the need to ever enter a public library (or to actually talk to someone) again. But the power wielded by this keyboard, fingertip, and search engine triumvirate, is often a double-edged sword simply because there is often so much information available to us. Sometimes it is difficult to know in which direction to aim one’s google boomerang, and then once hurled, how do we begin to trust what it throws back at us?

In a nutshell, the intention is that this site will one day prove beneficial to my running comrades by housing much of the stuff they might find useful in one place, be it, from the serious matters of training plans that target a particular time or new PB, useful workout sessions incorporating treadmills, hills, speed intervals, and to the less serious matters of the day.

As it’s my first post, allow me the indulgence of telling you a little about me.
I began running back in 2006 when I realised that I needed to lose some weight. At the time I was classed as obese; I ate and drank as I pleased with no regard to my health or my expanding waistline. It was great fun at times, but I wasn’t happy. It’s a bit of a cliche but I was trapped in that whole horrid cycle of depression and comfort eating; I was depressed so I ate because it made me feel better, and because I ate and it made me depressed. I’ve heard it’s a familiar story for many people who have lost weight, there is often a turning point, a moment in time when you say to yourself, “enough is enough, I’m going to do something about this”. 

Discovering running really helped me to start feeling good about myself again and helped me break out of the cycle by giving me something positive to focus on. From experience, I know there is no magic wand to losing weight, everybody is different and everyone responds differently to various types of diet and indeed exercise. For me, what worked was being able to replace the short-term high of a comfort food binge with the longer term endorphin induced high felt after a run. All runners know it’s very addictive.

Running my first 5k distance was something I set myself as a target back in 2006 when I decided to lose weight. When I first started jogging I couldn’t run 50 metres without needing to stop (or as my good good mate Andy would say, I couldn’t even “run a bath” without getting out of breath). But I pushed on and in time the 50 metres became 500, and then it became 5000. It became easier as the weight dropped off and I started to enjoy it. There were times along the way that were tough, and where I didn’t want to run but I stuck with it and now run regularly not to lose weight but because I love it.

So, that’s me; indulgence over. I hope you enjoy the site and find it useful.

Where to start?

If you are new to running and not sure where to start, then try our running tips for beginners page or have a look at one of our beginner 5k training plans like the 5k training plan for beginners or the popular Couch to 5k training plan to get you started.

Looking for a training plan to trim that Personal Best then check out our 5k training plans or 10k Training Plan sections for a training plan that is tailored to your required race pace.

Need some workout training examples? Then have a gander at cross training for runners or some treadmill workouts for some training ideas.

You can also follow me on facebook and twitter.

Support Us

After growing tired of generic training plans, I assembled the plans on this site over a number of years based upon my own experience and coaching knowledge, with the intention of helping fellow runners train in a smart way to achieve a specific target time. If you have found the plans useful then please consider a small donation to help keep the site up and running. Cheers!


Keen amateur runner & qualified coaching assistant who likes keeping fit & devising training plans that help you get faster. The plans on this site have helped me knock minutes off all my times.

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15 Responses

  1. gordon williams says:

    Hi Matt,
    Thanks so much for your sub 60 min 10k plan – I used it and ran a 10k in 56:30 a fortnight ago – very pleased. I have a 15k race in 2 months time and wondered if you have a 15k plan? If not, how can I tweak the 10K plan in preparation for the 15k? I’m aiming for 85 -87 mins. Any help appreciated, Cheers, Gordon

  2. Stephen says:

    Matt, your plans are well set out, easy to follow and have really worked for me, I am currently running 1:29 for half marathon and I need a good plan to follow to get to sub 1:15.

    I am 55 and 66kgs and I currently run 5 days a week.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Stephen, thank you for your feedback. It’s always nice to hear that the plans are working for others like they did for me. I am currently putting together the sub 1:15 half marathon training plan and so will post it on to the site as soon as it’s completed. If you would like me to drop you an email once it’s online then just let me know and I’ll do that, otherwise please revisit the site in a week or so and hopefully the plan will be online by then.
      (You won’t need to broadcast your email address to the World, just a “yes please” would do and I’ll let you know:-) )

  3. Brad says:

    Hi Matt, I think your plans are great! Working through a 5k plan now with strong results so far. I’m unable to see the half marathon plans other than the 8 week plan. Hoping to follow one for the 1h45 target time but it won’t open for me. Let me know if I’m missing something obvious! Cheers.

  4. Rob says:

    Hi Matt
    I’m following your sub 40 10 k training programme. I read your ‘time commitment’ part of 10 – 12 hours. I have been following it to the letter but I haven’t been clocking up anywhere near this amount of time training. Am I misunderstanding something?

  5. Vincent says:

    Hello Matt,
    thank you for your excellent site! I’m trying to break 28min on a 5k in3 weeks and I have been following your plan.
    My next objective will be to run a half marathon in November. Do you have a training plan to run a half marathon?


    • Matt says:

      Hi Vincent, good question. Not yet is sadly the answer but I’m currently working on the half-marathon training plans so please check the site again in the coming month for an update. Pleased you are finding the plans useful, good luck. Cheers

  6. chairil says:

    such a nice story. it is inspiring me. thank for making this website. i am chairil from indonesia, i am a beginner runner, i found this website is very helpful. Now i’m follow your sub 30 for 5k, i wish i can improve my personal record. thanks

    • Matt says:

      Hi Chairil,
      I hope you find the website useful and it helps you enjoy your running. Do let us know how you get on with the sub 3o minute 5k training plan, good luck! 🙂

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