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5k Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for 5k.

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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?
Updated 8/7/2014 2:46:04 PM

I really want to start training to walk my first 5K. How do I find out when and where they have these events?...  Read more

HIIT vs 5k
Updated 8/6/2014 11:06:01 AM

hi everyone! What do you think is a better way to lose weight...and get fit? 3 miles four times a week on the treadmill? OR some floor workouts (squats, planks, etc) twice a week and HIIT on treadmill thrice. Thanks!...  Read more

Fat guy Couch-to-5k problems
Updated 8/4/2014 11:25:59 AM

Today was Week 1, Day 1... but I've noticed this problem before. Every time I run or jog my back (particularly lower back, tending a little bit towards the right side) feels like it is being put in a vice grip. Is this something people should po...  Read more

I ran 5k!
Updated 8/4/2014 9:53:12 PM

I've never been a 'runner', but last year I was turned on to the C25k program. Like a lot of people, I never completed the program. This year I kept pushing myself toward that goal and made it. My new goal is to reach 10k....  Read more

Couch 2 5K
Updated 7/29/2014 12:23:07 PM

I am doing the couch 2 5K program with full motivation to run my first 5K this fall. I started week 1 going strong, with my daughter cheering me on and riding her bike with me (she is 5), and now just finished week 2. But now my daughter has lost i...  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