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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

Second day of resistive training. Going for every
Updated 5/6/2016 1:01:21 PM

Second day of resistive training. Going for every other day. Continuing to walk 5 miles 5 days per week. I hope adding the resistive training will help me lose weight. If nothing else it will help me tone up....  Read more

I set myself a goal to walk a 5K 6x per week. On w
Updated 5/6/2016 1:23:26 PM

I set myself a goal to walk a 5K 6x per week. On wk 2 and I'm walking 4 to 5 miles a day with a little jogging mixed in 400 to 600 calorie burn. GO ME!! :) pretty proud of myself and helps a lot that the hubs bragged about me to someone the other day...  Read more

Run my first 5k tomorrow!!!
Updated 5/6/2016 11:17:08 AM

Run my first 5k tomorrow!!!...  Read more

30 minutes on the bike and 25 weight training. Is
Updated 5/6/2016 10:09:20 AM

30 minutes on the bike and 25 weight training. Is that enough. 3 days this week so far gonna squeeze one more in...  Read more

Fell out of training... I will start again tomorro
Updated 5/5/2016 11:53:25 PM

Fell out of training... I will start again tomorrow... I have two weeks to get below 200. Another 14 pounds to go. Not sure if I will make that goal because I slacked off but I will continue to try. #Iwillnotfail...  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

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 4 - Session 1

I can't believe I have already reached week 4 of my couch to 5k running program and I can't believe I ran for a total of 16 minutes!! This week's session began as usual with a brisk five-minute walk, followed by three minutes of running, 90 seco...  Read more

Couch to 5k: Training Week 3 - Session 3

Well I made it to the end of week 3...Woohoo! Achy ankles tonight and a numb foot, I think that may be caused by an old ankle injury but it was just a temporary discomfort. Though tired this evening, I feel strong and have a real sense of a...  Read more