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5k Training Program Resources

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

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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

''Running Helped Me Lose Almost 100 Pounds!'' *

Mike (MKKAYA) started running in 2008. Since joining SparkPeople, he has continued to work toward his weight-loss goals (losing nearly 100 pounds so far), completed three half marathons, and has his sights set on participating in a triathlon. ...  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

Believe you can do it! I've wanted to run a 5K for
Updated 6/25/2016 5:41:07 PM

Believe you can do it! I've wanted to run a 5K for years, but my body just couldn't do it. I've lost 40 lbs and have been weight training for 6 weeks. Today, as part of my 30 mi of cardio, ran for 9 minutes! I'm so happy! 5K here I come!! Whoo!...  Read more

Anyone else love strength training but dislike cardio? I enjoy walking, but it's been so hot lately.
Updated 6/25/2016 3:17:11 PM

Anyone else love strength training but dislike cardio? I enjoy walking, but it's been so hot lately. Thinking about buying a recumbent bike for indoors and to make me move while I'm on a Netflix binge!...  Read more

Last Saturday I ran a 5k in 38.43 minutes, today I
Updated 6/25/2016 11:05:33 AM

Last Saturday I ran a 5k in 38.43 minutes, today I ran a 5k in 33.38 minutes. They both was on the treadmill but I'm hoping to start doing the actual 5ks soon! But anyways I'm making progress!!...  Read more

It's my first full week of this program, I totally
Updated 6/25/2016 12:56:13 AM

It's my first full week of this program, I totally splurged today and went over my goal a bit, however. I did lose 1.6 lbs so I am totally okay with splurging for 1 day. Now to get back to the gym, I haven't done that in a few weeks....  Read more

Just started a new program called Naturally Slim. I'm learning how to think/eat like a naturally th
Updated 6/24/2016 2:20:55 PM

Just started a new program called Naturally Slim. I'm learning how to think/eat like a naturally thin person. I only eat when I feel hungry, stop when I am comfortably full, take 25 mins to eat, etc. Anyone try this program?...  Read more

Treadmill Trick

I'm training to run a 5k this summer by using th 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Program. I use the treadmill and find myself losing steam by the end of the workout. I visualize a dirt path, trees, and water to one side of me (a relaxing setting that looks like...  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

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

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

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

Week 3 of my 5K training program

Today I started week 3 of the 5k Rookie program. I had been running on a trail near the mall which was paved and mostly flat. I decided this morning to check out the Nature trail closer to my house. In the past, I hadn't been able to use the trail...  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