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NEW Fitness Features: 5K Training Plans, Virtual Races and More


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Thursday, February 10, 2011



At SparkPeople, we're continuously improving the site by adding new features to help our members reach their goals. Today, we're happy to launch several new running tools and features: a brand new Running Center, our 5K Your Way training plans, and Virtual Races!

Many of our most successful members have taken up running as a way to lose weight, get fit, and stay motivated. Running is a great way to challenge your body, burn more calories, and reach new health and fitness goals!

Not a runner yet? Don't worry: You can start out with our comprehensive Walking Guide, and still benefit from the new resources below (read on).

SparkPeople's Running Center
With dozens of brand new running articles, training tips, supportive SparkTeams, and easy access to all of our new running features, this is your one-stop-shop for starting or continuing a running program! You can always get to it easily from the Fitness Resource Center (under the Healthy Lifestyle tab) or at www.SparkPeople.com/running.

5K Your Way Training Plans
We created four different training programs to help walk or run a 5K based on where you are right now! Our "5K Your Way" plans provide weekly training emails, interactive calendars to track your workouts, printable training plans, and support from other members who are following the same plan. Choose from three 5-week training programs (walking, walk/jog intervals, running) or our beginner "Rookie Running" program (8 weeks)!

Virtual Races
Our Virtual Race feature allows you to compete against yourself—and other members—any week of the year. Simply map out your own route, complete your race, and then share your results here. This is a great way to set a new goal and stay accountable!

Join the Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K!
To kick off these new features and keep you motivated to work out this winter, we're hosting a special Virtual 5K this spring. If you join any of the 5K Your Way training plans now, you'll have time to train and complete our Spark Into Spring Virtual 5K (the week of April 10-16)! Everyone who participates will receive a printable certificate, and will be entered to win fun prizes like SparkPeople T-shirts or a $100 gift certificate to Zappos.com (use it for a new pair of running shoes!).

Sharing these features on Facebook (quick links on the pages above make that easy) is a great way to Spread the Spark to your friends and family—and get them to join in the fun with you!

We hope you will take advantage of these new tools and resources to discover the runner in you!
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CKTALL 2/15/2014 10:20AM

    this is awesome

I did the virtual 5k the week of Feb 2 - 8 then I got the 5k training program which keeps me working out and working towards another virtual 5k

I did the first one without training just to see if I would do better after the training

in week 2 of training and loving it - keeps me doing something even when I don't feel like it

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GRAMCRACKER46 7/1/2012 7:16AM

    Just what I was looking for! thanks, I can do this.

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SAMMIE1918 9/7/2011 8:39PM

    Starting today!

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LAPOPELK 9/1/2011 12:24PM

    my sister and I just singed up for the Pumpkin Stampede (a 5k) this will be our first. i am glad i have a real person to do this with, and have help from sparkers along the way!

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PMT1951 8/20/2011 6:24AM

    I really like this...it challenges me every week to improve my time

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IILAAD65 5/20/2011 10:01AM

    I just signed up for one... woohoo!

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TURKEYCALLER 4/21/2011 2:31PM

    Cool

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NINEWESTGIRL 4/16/2011 10:20PM

    Very cool!!

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GLEORIA 4/16/2011 9:43PM

    I am going to try a virtual run.

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SBATES63 4/6/2011 2:06PM

    I love this. It's such a blast! Posting my races is great fun and an incentive to run just a little faster next time!

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FREELADY 3/29/2011 8:02PM

    This opportunity fires up my exercise!

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GRNBTL 3/22/2011 9:02PM

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BECKYLYNNE77 3/15/2011 5:03PM

    awesome emoticon

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FITNESSGIRL1020 3/13/2011 3:06PM

    Loving the new 5k programs. Just joined one of the teams!! Keep up the great work SP!!!

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MOTTAMAMALOU 3/13/2011 2:49PM

    I'M DOING THE 5K VIRTUAL WALKING RACE AND LOVE IT.
I CAN'T WAIT TO GET MY CERTIFICATE.

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PRICANSTINA84 3/13/2011 1:29PM

    loving the virtual races idea! i signed up for it :-)

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JMCKELLARS 3/13/2011 10:12AM

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Like the 5k/10k training programs and the virtual races!
Great Ideal and Thanks!

J. Patrick
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TESSA321 3/10/2011 3:23PM

    Awesome

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CHIBIKARATE 3/4/2011 11:49PM

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65DAVIS 3/4/2011 12:09PM

    Excellent, thanks!

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GURUGRANNY 2/26/2011 5:01PM

    I'm excited to be able to partake in this wonderful idea! Also, I would like to know if people ever walk 10K's ? emoticon

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TOTALFOCUS 2/21/2011 12:33AM

    GREAT!!! Thanks! emoticon

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SHEENADEE 2/19/2011 11:59AM

    Very cool! Thanks for these changes...they look exciting and helpful.

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NANCY-GIRL 2/19/2011 10:15AM

    I'm walking a real 10K just 2 days after the Spark Virtual 5K ends. Rats. Maybe I can squeeze in a 5K the week before.
Hey... How come the 5K categories are walk, run, & run/walk, but there's just a 10K category? Do people not walk 10K's? I do...

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HILLRUNNER 2/19/2011 1:58AM

    This is a great resource... Spark is improving all the time! Thanks so much for all the great work!

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FULLOFFAITH 2/17/2011 5:30PM

    I joined 5K Training the walk/jog on Monday night.

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Lisa

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SM-ARTGIRL 2/17/2011 7:53AM

    Running center - awesome!

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STEPHLOKI 2/17/2011 3:40AM

    Sounds like fun.

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WONDERS06 2/17/2011 12:47AM

    Thanks!

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2WHEELER 2/16/2011 8:51PM

    Cool Beans!! Love the virtual 5K races. That will be so much fun and a great motivator to get out there and work on speed. You're the best!!

On your mark, get set, go!!!

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OSEGUEDA 2/16/2011 7:05PM

    I'm exited about the walk/run but I think I should went for the run instead of the walk/run because it seem more of a challenge next.good luck everyone lets have some fun!WooHoo! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BIENEGOLD 2/16/2011 6:26PM

    Why do the races only go up to 10k? That's kind of stupid.

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CHERA08 2/16/2011 6:16PM

    great news this will help me accountable

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SILLYHP1953 2/16/2011 4:09PM

    Cool...I am going to use these new tools. Thank you!

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BEACHGIRL76 2/16/2011 3:57PM

    I love it! I signed up! I REALLY love the map so I can plan out my run in the neighborhoods! So cool!

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PINKCOCONUT 2/16/2011 3:10PM

    Oh my gosh! I'm so excited to give these a try! Thanks guys, you continuously amaze me with everything you do here on Spark!

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DRPOOH63 2/15/2011 10:56PM

    I love the virtual 5K so fun. Thanks for the upgrades! Spark on!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 2/15/2011 12:15PM

    woohoo

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RANCHGAL9 2/14/2011 9:06PM

    I am NOT a runner BUT this has encouraged me to try it out so I have signed onto the 5k walk/run training plan. looking forward to the Virtual 5 k emoticon

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PREACHER76 2/14/2011 5:18PM

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great idea

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NEVERORNOW 2/14/2011 3:33PM

    I did my first virtual walking 5K on my treadmill today! I'm so thankful for this new feature!!! emoticon

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AGGIEADMIN 2/14/2011 2:57PM

    This is great! I'm doing two 5Ks to get ready for my 10K on March 27th. emoticon

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55TUCKER 2/14/2011 2:05PM

    This is the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you! emoticon

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