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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

Changing days for strength training
Updated 10/17/2014 1:47:10 PM

It appears there is no longer a place to change the days you strength train or do cardio only minutes and calories burned for the week. Is this gone for good, in a new place or what? My monthly calendar is no longer correct and I can't figure out how...  Read more

What variations on interval training or high inten
Updated 10/12/2014 2:49:44 PM

What variations on interval training or high intensity interval training are people doing, and what's working for fat loss? I've read a lot lately on it as opposed to steady state cardio. Any insights?...  Read more

I had a really good exercise day! Completed a 5k i
Updated 10/12/2014 11:15:53 AM

I had a really good exercise day! Completed a 5k in 49minutes 30 seconds! Not to bad for my first timed 5k! Now to find the right eating plan for me!! Still trying to figure it out!! Meet with a personal trainer on Thursday! I hope she can help me!...  Read more

A new start with Nike Training Club app Work out..
Updated 10/9/2014 1:19:29 PM

A new start with Nike Training Club app Work out.....the sweat & shape 89 cal...  Read more

Virtual 5K
Updated 10/8/2014 6:28:34 PM

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know of a virtual 5K run/walk where you can earn some awesome race bling. It's called Sparkle Princess Run 5K and it's designed for anyone at any pace, anywhere. It's the week of Thanksgiving and I know we can a...  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

5k Training again?!?!

I am going to test the waters and try 5k training again with a new group beginning October 4th, with hopes of doing a 5k on Thanksgiving. 521 364 Oh boy, we shall see how my back and left leg holds out and how far I can go. I am pulling together...  Read more

Day 1 week 2 of 5K training

Today I began week 2 of my 5k running training. I had to walk 3 minutes and run 2 minutes 5 times. for a total of 25 minutes. That means I ran a total of 10 minutes which makes me ecstatic. I never thought I could run as much as I did th...  Read more