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5k Training Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for 5k Training.

About SparkPeople's Recommendations provides free tools, resources and support for adults who want to improve their diets, establish a healthy lifestyle, get physically active, lose weight and/or manage their weight. We stand by our weight-loss, exercise and dietar...  Read more

Are Your Fitness Goals Realistic?

In life, we're told to dream big. Reach for the stars. Go for the gold. While I think everyone would agree that having big aspirations is admirable not to mention inspiring, you should take a more calculated approach when setting fitness goals. I...  Read more

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

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

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

Just finished my second 5k in 36:14:30!! So prou
Updated 11/30/2015 7:55:15 PM

Just finished my second 5k in 36:14:30!! So proud! Are you running 5ks or more? What was your motivation? Mine is my step mom!! She got me started and is my biggest inspiration!! Xoxo Mae ...  Read more

Seeing some progress on the scales and logged a 5k
Updated 11/27/2015 5:41:55 PM

Seeing some progress on the scales and logged a 5km run this morning. Fingers crossed for a healthy weekend!...  Read more

Did my fastest 5k today, 35:00 flat
Updated 11/26/2015 10:36:38 PM

Did my fastest 5k today, 35:00 flat...  Read more

1st ever Turkey Trot! Walking 5k in snow and 20 de
Updated 11/26/2015 6:50:16 PM

1st ever Turkey Trot! Walking 5k in snow and 20 degrees. Hard part is waiting for it to start. 8)...  Read more

I'm definitely being trained on something.... Argh

I'm definitely being trained on something.... Arghh........  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

1st Plateau Broken!

I hit my first plateau after the first 15 pounds. I reassessed my calorie intake and my exercise routine. I adjusted my calories down about 100 to 200 per day. I added resistance training, and upped the mileage per week that I was walking by a half o...  Read more

TriSport:Triathletes, Swimmers, Cyclists & Runners

Anything triathlon! Everything Swimming, Biking, Running and Cross-training. Members from beginners to Iron Man competitors are welcome....  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

You Didn't Reach the Goal, But You're Still a Success

Instead of being thankful for the things I can do, it’s much easier for me to get frustrated about the things I can’t.  I’d love to be able to run an 8 (or even 9!) minute pace comfortably.  I’d love to be naturally...  Read more

Week 13 - Not So Clean (Phase 1 P90X done, halfway mark 5k training)

No weight loss this week but I'm happy to have stayed the same considering that I totally slacked off on working out and I ate like crud. I didn't track everything and I overate on several days. I also kind of blew off P90X for the recovery week beca...  Read more


I officially started yesterday my 5K training. It wasn't too bad, but I am sore today. I am doing the C25K again. The app is awesome, way better than the podcast like I used in the past. I also set a short term goal of being 220lbs the morning of my...  Read more