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5k Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for 5k.

Spark Your Way to a 5K

Running or walking a 5K (3.1-mile) race is a fun and realistic goal for exercisers of all fitness levels. If you're ready to train for your first 5K, but not sure where to start, don't worry! SparkPeople's certified trainers have created...  Read more

''Running Helped Me Lose Almost 100 Pounds!''

Mike (MKKAYA) started running in 2008. Since joining SparkPeople, he has continued to work toward his weight-loss goals (losing nearly 100 pounds so far), completed three half marathons, and has his sights set on participating in a triathlon. ...  Read more

8 Lessons from My First 5K Race

I never considered myself a runner. I ran maybe once a week for 30 or 40 minutes, and then I wouldn’t feel like doing it again for a few days. Needless to say, I never really “get better” at running—I pretty much stayed the sa...  Read more

5 Fitness Feats that are Worth the Training

We all know how important goal setting is to reaching our dreams. From walking four times a week to eating more fruits and veggies, declaring your healthy intentions is an awesome way to make positive changes in your life. But if you’re lo...  Read more

So You Want to Be a Runner?

Running is one of the fastest growing amateur sports among men and women of all ages. Read how to get started on your own quest to becoming a runner. It doesn’t surprise me that more people are running for cardio exercise these days. Accor...  Read more

5k trophy
Updated 6/30/2014 6:30:08 PM

A year ago I received a trophy for the virtual 5k challenge. I came back to see it, but it's gone. Wondering if those disappear or if there's a spot that it's been moved to that I'm not seeing? Anyone know?...  Read more

5K virtual run
Updated 7/3/2014 11:03:49 AM

Has anyone any idea when this will be? ...  Read more

Train for 5k in 3 weeks
Updated 6/23/2014 8:26:23 AM

Can I get some help on the best way to train for a 5k in 3 weeks? I am a constantly busy person but haven't had a lot of time for exercise but I really am trying to get into the habit. Now my 5k is only 3 weeks away and I am not ready. Please help me...  Read more

So I started the Couch to 5K
Updated 6/16/2014 1:37:51 PM

Yesterday was my 1st day. It gets easier, right? 46 My quads are so sore today. I made sure I stretched well yesterday and even did some stretches this morning. My arms were even sore! I wasn't expecting that (especially since...  Read more

Any tips for my first 5K?
Updated 6/11/2014 5:37:35 PM

I am participating in my first 5K Saturday, any pointers or suggestions?...  Read more

Distance not time!

I'm training for my first 5k--my goal is reaching that distance every time I'm on the treadmill not completing it within a certain amount of time. I know that as my training progresses the time will start decreasing. BUT hitting that goal of completi...  Read more

Couch to 5k

I wanted to run a 5K as part of my goals that I set for myself, but I have not ran in over 5 years :( I found a program to follow called Couch to 5K. It is awesome! You simply follow the suggested workouts 3 days week (they only take about 20-30 min...  Read more

Couch to 5K Group

New to running? So are we! If you are interested in starting the Couch to 5K Running Program or you already have, this team is for you!!!...  Read more

In the Company of SparkPeople Heroes

By Bob Dawson On Saturday, March 27, 2010 I had the opportunity to meet up with some fellow SparkPeople members in Pittsburgh who were participating in the Just a Short Run. This was a series of races comprised of six events all going on at the...  Read more

Start Training Now for SparkPeople's Fall 5K

Fall is almost here, but Halloween candy and décor is already appearing. While everyone's favorite candy-and-costumes holiday can be a real deterrent for your diet, you can vow to stay on track—at least when it comes to your fitness&...  Read more

5K 5K 5K...5K!!!

So as I posted earlier this week I did a nice long run! (Well walk run) for about 3 miles! I was very, and am very proud of myself! Tonight I was talking with my sister about our vacation in July and how excited we are! She expressed how excited she...  Read more

Training Log: 5k Steady run, 5k Tempo

Tuesday: 5.3k steady with clinic Pace: 6:45 Felt: Challenging but good First clinic night! I went out with the 4:30 pace group and we kept it to an easy 6:45 pace. 6:45 wasn't as easy as I would have liked it to be, but I was able to complet...  Read more