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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

Weight loss is slow :( 38# in 36 weeks...I do strength training 3x a week, Ellipticle machine a few
Updated 7/19/2016 9:57:44 AM

Weight loss is slow :( 38# in 36 weeks...I do strength training 3x a week, Ellipticle machine a few days a week plus bike riding, treadmill or aerobics...I drink 8-10glasses of water a day......  Read more

Started my 1/2 marathon training today. Went well!
Updated 7/18/2016 11:23:49 PM

Started my 1/2 marathon training today. Went well! Could breathe and talk through my 1.5 miles of walk/running. Not too bad for giving up cigarettes 4 weeks ago!...  Read more

How much strength training is enough
Updated 7/19/2016 8:50:40 AM

So I have a question. I recently started weight lifting and sense I am not the most coordinated person I have been following a plan from a very popular website. The workouts are about 5 days per week at the most. Each days workout targets about 2...  Read more

First visit to the gym! Couch to 5k, here i come.
Updated 7/17/2016 1:03:38 AM

First visit to the gym! Couch to 5k, here i come. Did a mile on the treadmill and some free weights for upper body. Feeling proud!...  Read more

First week of couch to 5K complete!
Updated 7/18/2016 6:01:17 PM

First week of couch to 5K complete!...  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

Combine other programs with SP

Maybe I just have a short attention span, but tracking calories and fitness get boring after awhile. To shake things up, I combine other programs with SP. For instance, I downloaded an app called Super Diet Genuis. It tells me exactly what to eat for...  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

5 Weeks to a 5K and a Healthier You!

Spring is just around the corner, a time when 5K races are a popular weekend activity. Perhaps you’ve thought it might be fun to try one, but fear you’d never be able to finish. Maybe you’ve walked a 5K in the past, but you’re...  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

Couch to 5k: Training Week 7 - Session 3

I completed my run this evening around 10:45pm. It was 80 degrees with a feel like temperature of 88 and 74%, sticky and energy zapping. I had waited late into the evening with the hope that the humidity would decrease but sadly...  Read more

Couch to 5k: Training Week 7 - Session 2

Back in the groove...Week 7 Workout 2. Another 25 minutes of non-stop running...sadly without my podcast or tunes. Clearly I was so overwhelmed by resuming my running program on Saturday that I left my iPod on and I didn't realize it was out of...  Read more