A 5k is a milestone distance for many runners. Whether you’re training for your first 5k, or looking to improve your 5k times, there is are lots of tips on how to train for a 5k to help you.
Personally, I love running a 5k and it has been one of my favourite running distances for a while now. I really enjoy running Parkrun on a Saturday morning, and a 5k is a really great way to get a speed workout into your training plan.
So if you’re looking for tips on how to train for a 5k, this post has got you covered.
How to train for a 5k
Whether you’re new to running a 5k, or have run many 5k runs, then the posts below you will provide you with all the tips and advice you need to complete your run or race successfully.
When it comes to training for a 5k, there are many ways you can go about it. It really depends on your current fitness levels, your running experience and how long you want your training plan to be.
It’s a good idea to set yourself a goal and use this to track your progress and put in place some success criteria.
Running goals can take many forms, from personal to developmental, but make sure to make it specific enough using the SMART formula (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time Bound).
A training plan will also help guide you through your training. If you’re new to running, it’s really important to approach your training in the right way. The Couch to 5k programme (more on this below) is great to lead you through this.
There are also some great beginner 5k training plans out there that aim to gently ease you into running and get you running 1 to 3 times a week.
Whatever training plan you decide to use, make sure you leave enough time for rest and recovery. It’s important you don’t over train or put too much stress on your body whilst training for what could be your first milestone running distance.
Check out my posts below on how to train for a 5k. These posts cover everything from warming up to running a faster 5k.
If you’re after for more tips and advice, then also be sure to check out my Couch to 5k programme tips below which are great if you are at the beginning of your running journey.
So you’ve booked onto your first 5k race. Congratulations! Taking on your first 5k is exciting and nerve-wracking all at the same time. If you’re wondering what to do before your first 5k race, this post has got you covered!
When you know how to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less, it seems like a simple thing to do week in, week out. Being able to run a 5k in under 25 minutes is a common running goal for a lot of runners who have a few races under their belt. Here are my top tips on how to run a 5k in 25 minutes or less.
If you’re looking to get a personal best on your next 5k then this intermediate 5k training plan has got you covered! It’s common for a lot of runners to want to run a faster 5k when they feel they have mastered the basics of running a 5k. Here is my intermediate 5k training plan.
Many new runners set themselves a goal of running this distance, with the view of achieving a PB. There’s nothing more rewarding than finishing your first 5k. At 3.1 miles, it’s a distance that cannot be underestimated. If you run too fast, you can quickly tire yourself out, so pacing yourself yet knowing when to hit the accelerator is key to a successful race. Here are my top tips on how to run a faster 5k.
How many miles is a 5k? How to train for a 5k? What time should I be aiming for my first 5k? In my blog post this week, I answer these common questions about the 5k. Whether you’re new to running or new to racing, the first step in your running journey will probably be a 5k. Here is my essential guide to running a 5k.
A warm up is integral to any race – whether you’re running a 5k, 10k or half marathon. It’s important to warm up properly before a 5k run to avoid injury and get you ready for the run ahead. It has one key objective: to prevent injury and to get your heart rate up and blood flowing to your muscles. Here are my top tips on how to warm up properly before a 5k run.
Knowing how to run your first 5k is instinctive for a lot of people, but what if you have a 5k as your goal in the next few months? What do you need to know? A 5k is often the first big milestone for a lot of beginner runners who have perhaps finished the Couch to 5k programme. Here are my top tips on how to run your first 5k.
Running your first 5k is a huge achievement. Whether you started through Couch to 5k or followed your own training plan, here are some are tips for running your first 5k. 5k is still my favourite running distance, even after years of running and half marathons. Here are my top tips on how to run and survive your first 5k.
Couch to 5k programme tips
If you’re at the beginning of your running journey and perhaps you’ve started or in the process of completing the Couch to 5k programme.
The posts below will provide you with all the information you need about the Couch to 5k programme – from what to expect to what to do once you have finished Couch to 5k.
Couch to 5k is undoubtedly one of the most popular running training plans in the world.
There are many Couch to 5k training plans out there, as well as Couch to 5k apps available to download. I have personally used the NHS Couch to 5k running app which I still use to date when working with beginner runners.
Many beginner runners are surprised by what they are capable of when they complete the Couch to 5k programme.
It is estimated that one third of adults in Europe do not achieve the recommended levels of physical activity. So it’s no surprise that governments and health organisations like the World Health Organisation (WHO) are recommending programmes like Couch to 5k to get people active.
For many runners, the Couch to 5k training plan is their first experience of running. It offers a fun and easy way in which to take up running and develop a life-long love of it. Here are 7 things you need to know about the Couch to 5k training plan.
Couch to 5k is a fantastic programme that helps you run a 5k in less than 10 weeks. For many runners, it’s their first taste of running. What makes the Couch to 5k programme so great is that it gradually eases you into running and gets you used to running longer distances as the programme progresses. Here are my top tips on what to do after Couch to 5k.
Run leading has been a dream of mine for a few years now, so I thought it was about time I mustered the courage to start a Couch to 5k programme. I love to share my passion and enthusiasm for running and the positive impact it can have on both your physical and mental health. Here are the 4 things I have learnt leading my first Couch to 5k running programme.
Caroline Geoghegan (aka Run With Caroline) helps people become faster and stronger runners. She started her blog in 2018 to share her passion for running. Caroline is a UK Athletics qualified Run Leader and Run Coach and NASM qualified Personal Trainer.