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5k Training Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for 5k Training.

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About SparkPeople's Recommendations

SparkPeople.com 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

How often should you train abs?
Updated 7/6/2015 3:34:38 PM

How often should you train abs?...  Read more

Good idea! Strength training is something I need t
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Good idea! Strength training is something I need to incorporate myself...it's been tough getting to that point though! :-)...  Read more

Week 11. Adding 2 days of strength training with
Updated 7/6/2015 3:45:54 PM

Week 11. Adding 2 days of strength training with weights to my routine this week, now that running 3 days a week has started to become habit! :)...  Read more

Beginner and Advanced Strength Training.
Updated 7/2/2015 10:14:35 PM

I need to add strength training to my routine. My complex has a little home gym for such things, but I'm wondering which ones I can do to atart. I remember there used to be a list of beginner and advanced ones on the old SP, but I don't know w...  Read more

I beat my time for a 5k! Used to take me about 1 h
Updated 6/25/2015 3:57:04 AM

I beat my time for a 5k! Used to take me about 1 hr 5 min in mid March. Today was 50 min! Slow and steady is working!...  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

2nd Day of 5K Training & Lungs Expanding 06/26/15

2nd Day of 5K Training 06/26/15 and My LUNGS are expanding, yeh!!! THE PROCESS: 3 X per week (M, W, F) running and walking for 20 minutes. In case you, the reader, don't know me... I am a FAT person at age 59... and my doctor said...  Read more

Week 3 of my 5K training program

Today I started week 3 of the 5k Rookie program. I had been running on a trail near the mall which was paved and mostly flat. I decided this morning to check out the Nature trail closer to my house. In the past, I hadn't been able to use the trail...  Read more