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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

Moved to 2nd set of my 5k training on zombierun.
Updated 8/21/2016 11:02:05 PM

Moved to 2nd set of my 5k training on zombierun. I would have been so much dead meat lol I'm totally wiped. But i kept ip...  Read more

Using Couch to 5k app on my phone. I'm exhausted
Updated 8/21/2016 6:01:08 PM

Using Couch to 5k app on my phone. I'm exhausted after 1 day. But here we go!...  Read more

Today I started training for my second 5k. Didn't
Updated 8/21/2016 6:40:06 PM

Today I started training for my second 5k. Didn't do so hot in the first one back in April but my goal wasn't to place it was to have fun. I had fun and my goal this time around isn't to place either I want to run more this time than walk....  Read more

Anyone into weights training and lifting? I want to build strength but have no knowledge where to st
Updated 8/22/2016 10:04:26 PM

Anyone into weights training and lifting? I want to build strength but have no knowledge where to start. What should we focus on? #exercise #help...  Read more

New record: 10.03min/mile pace. I completed a 5k w
Updated 8/20/2016 6:05:55 PM

New record: 10.03min/mile pace. I completed a 5k with out stopping :)...  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 8 - Session 1

I have made it to week 8 of my NHS Couch to 5K running program. Each session this week requires me to run non-stop for 28 minutes. I found the first running session of week 8 really tough, mostly because my calves were so tight. I should h...  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% humidity...hot, sticky and energy zapping. I had waited late into the evening with the hope that the humidity would decrease but sadly...  Read more