How To Train For A 5k Run
Challenge yourself if you are a distance runner by learning how to train for a 5k run. If you are not accustomed to running for distance, make sure to start training slowly to prevent injury. Buy some comfortable running shoes and a runner’s watch. Mix up your 5k training by running around a track once day, and then running on a road or cross country course the next time.
- Be sure to stretch before you start to train for a 5k run. Take a slow, warm up lap around the track, and then do some more loosening up. To train for a 5k run, which is a little more than three miles, you will have to mix up the distances you run during your workouts. For example, you could run five miles on Monday, three miles on Wednesday and ten miles on Friday.
- Start your first workout and set a goal for your time. For example, if you want to do a 5k run in under 24 minutes, you will need to run roughly three eight minute miles. Since you will have more energy at the beginning of the run, try to go faster for the first mile. Slow down the pace for the second mile, and then give it your all for the last mile.
- Review your first workout. Check the watch to see how fast you went. If you were under 24 minutes and that was your goal, set a more aggressive goal for the next time you do a 5k run.
- Run five miles the next time you train. This will make a 5k run seem easy by comparison. Slow down your pace, since you have to cover a greater distance. Once you finish the five mile run, review your time. See what the splits were when you were at the three mile mark.
- Try a longer run for your third training session. Go for seven to ten miles to push yourself. Distance training can be painful, so do not overdo it. If you are unable to cover the full distance, take a few days off to recover.
- Do some interval training. Try jogging slowly for half a lap, then running faster for the second half of the lap. Alternate this pace until you have covered three miles. You will probably be exhausted, so take a couple of days off after interval training if necessary.
- Do another 5k run for your next workout. You should see your time drop since you have done distance running combined with interval training. Set a new goal and continue to work on lowering your time.