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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

I did my first 5k yesterday! It's weird but I'm re
Updated 2/7/2016 8:30:28 PM

I did my first 5k yesterday! It's weird but I'm really excited to better my time and better myself in the future. ??????...  Read more

Ran my first 5K at 57 years old. Ran every step! I
Updated 2/7/2016 2:28:33 PM

Ran my first 5K at 57 years old. Ran every step! I was so excited to finish. I actually cried!...  Read more

Up and getting ready for my second 5k of the year.
Updated 2/7/2016 10:40:42 AM

Up and getting ready for my second 5k of the year. Today is the Lap the track 5k at Daytona International Speedway!!...  Read more

Will be doing my first 5K today as part of the Hog
Updated 2/7/2016 1:11:26 AM

Will be doing my first 5K today as part of the Hogwarts Running Club!! Woohoo!...  Read more

On training for work out of town exercised 1 hrs
Updated 2/7/2016 3:45:43 AM

On training for work out of town exercised 1 hrs a day and not going over my calorie limit...whaaaahooo....  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

Health Problems Prompt Sarah to Lose 90 Pounds*

This blog is a featured "SparkStory", one of the classic posts from our members that provides support, encouragement and inspiration to the SparkPeople Community. SparkPeople Member:  SM0RE007In 2011, I weighed close to 240 pounds...  Read more

Day 193 - Day 2 of 5k Training

I mapped my course outside today. I learned a few valuable lessons: 1. It is much harder to run outside than on the treadmill! 2. My fitbit is closer to accurate mileage than the treadmill. 3. My stopwatch on my phone only goes up to 60 minutes....  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