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5k Training Program Resources

Below are top resources on SparkPeople for 5k Training Program.

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

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

How to Turn Your Walk into a Run

You have been walking faithfully four to five days a week, gradually increasing your time to 30 minutes or longer. Congratulations! But after following this routine for several weeks, you may no longer feel the challenge you once did. You feel it&rsq...  Read more

So You Want to Be a Runner?

Running is one of the fastest growing amateur sports among men and women of all ages. Read how to get started on your own quest to becoming a runner. It doesn’t surprise me that more people are running for cardio exercise these days. Accor...  Read more

Starting a fitness program on my 57th birthday
Updated 7/24/2014 2:00:40 PM

Monday the 21st I will be 57. I have been following the Sparkpeopler program for several weeks and have shed 13 pounds and several inches. I am excited to start at the wellness center with a trainer to lose the remaining weight and get in better sh...  Read more

Low Knee Impact Strength Training DVDs?
Updated 7/19/2014 2:47:27 PM

Hey guys, In the month of May I overdid it, haha. I was doing a Jillian Michaels DVD every day and my knees paid the price for it, especially because I ended up going clubbing and wrecking my joints with low-dropping in heels. I took it eas...  Read more

Weight Training ideas without weights?
Updated 7/21/2014 2:20:26 PM

Ugh. I'm wearing a splint on my wrist and am on a 10lb lifting restriction from my doctor. Frankly, lifting anything heavier than a water bottle hurts. Any ideas for workouts that I can do in the interim? I'm walking a few times a week but know...  Read more

Probably dumb strength training question
Updated 7/15/2014 3:21:33 PM

I ran out of time at the gym today so I had to skip my last two arm exercises: overhead press and horizontal row. I had already done squats, deadlifts, bench press and assisted pull ups. My next planned ST session is Thursday. Is it a good idea to do...  Read more

new to online program
Updated 7/15/2014 12:02:57 AM

I found this program quite by accident, after my husband asked me to wait a month before I joined Weight Watchers, so we could try something else. Then I found this, so I am going for it. I have planned for some time to change my eating and start e...  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

You can become a runner

I am 50 years old and with the help of sp's 5K Your Way program I have become a runner for the 1st time in my life! I started walking several years ago but in the past year, running seemed to be a natural progression for me. I found the 5K program on...  Read more

Couch to 5K Group

New to running? So are we! If you are interested in starting the Couch to 5K Running Program or you already have, this team is for you!!!...  Read more

Success Story: 'I Feel So Much Better Now!'

Name: Michelle Howard (MOMMYOF2RN)Weight Lost: 135 poundsHometown: Pelion, SCOccupation: Registered NurseI gained weight through lack of exercise and an extremely poor diet with tons of soda and fast food. Before I had my first child in 1996, I weigh...  Read more

Stuff We Love: Two Fit Chicks and a Microphone

Editor's note: Two of our favorite fitness bloggers have teamed up in a regular health and fitness podcast, and we've invited them to tell you more about it. Tired of the same old tunes when you're working out? Want some aural inspiration fo...  Read more

Day 2: Starting a 5k Training Program

Yesterday I began my 5k training plan. I did it in the evening after it got cooler and it was a beautiful run. For dinner I had dinner a salad with water from steak n' shake. It was really good. Today its a cross training day, but its really hard not...  Read more

5k Training Program Schedule

Runner's World Beginners 5k Training Program ~ 6 Weeks to See Jane Run 5k in San Francisco and I am treating myself as a newbie and starting with a beginners program so I can get back into a running routine slowly. WEEK ONE 4/29 Mon Rest ...  Read more