5K Your Way With 3 Training Plans for Every Level

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Spring is just around the corner, a time when 5K races are a popular weekend activity. Perhaps you’ve thought it might be fun to try one, but fear you’d never be able to finish. Maybe you’ve walked a 5K in the past, but you’re ready to take things up a notch. Whatever you goal or experience level, we have the perfect training plan for you!
SparkPeople developed three unique “5K Your Way” training plans to get you ready to complete a 5K race in less than five weeks. Join a challenge and you'll get daily workouts and tips on how to stay motivated, what to wear for your workouts, how to cross-train properly and more!

The 5K Your Way Walking Challenge
Make fitness fun again with this challenge, which trains you to walk a 5K in less than five short weeks. Follow the daily workout plans to get your body and mind ready to celebrate at the finish line.
The 5K Your Way Walk/Jog Challenge
Up the ante with this walk/jog program that will challenge your body to reach new heights. If you’re ready to add jogging to your walking workouts, this program is for you!

The 5K Your Way Running Challenge
Is your inner runner calling your name? Kick your workouts up a notch with this fun program that ends with you running a 5K in just five weeks' time.
What can I expect from these challenges?
  • Daily Workouts & Tips Each day, you’ll get a daily workout to complete. These workouts will help you train for your 5K race so that you’re prepared when race day arrives. You’ll also get daily tips to help you stay motivated, healthy and strong along the way.
  • SparkPoints You can earn between 15-20 SparkPoints for each daily challenge you complete. Just visit the challenge page and click the "I Did This!'' button to tell us that you completed that day’s task. It's that easy!
  • Member Support You’ll be checking in on the Challenge Wall daily to give updates on your progress and get support from other challenge participants. Each challenge also has a dedicated SparkTeam where you can discuss your goals, what’s going well and what’s not. Sometimes a little support is all you need to succeed!
Sounds great! How do I sign up?
Go to Challenge Central on SparkPeople.com to access these and all of our other challenges. After signing up, you will receive one email per day for the next 33 days with a reminder to complete your daily workout and get your SparkPoints. 

When does the challenge start?
RIGHT NOW. The challenge is open, and you can start or join at any time. The sooner you start, the sooner you will be on the path to crossing the finish line at the 5K you’ve always wanted to complete!

These plans will take you step-by-step through the 5K training process. Learn how to train properly while having fun and meeting new friends at the same time. Are you ready? Let’s go!

Have you trained for a 5K before? What was the experience like? Share in the comments below!

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Good to know, Thanks~ Report
CD17744865 5/23/2021
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Great information Report
CD26750174 2/7/2021
Runsignup.com. Runningintheusa.com. 2 sites to find real 5Ks being done virtually Report
CD26750174 2/7/2021
Do the real 5K virtually, but no one willing to do it with me (virtually) same day and time Report
CKEYES1 2/2/2021
Never trained before Report
CKEYES1 2/2/2021
Never trained before Report
AZMOMXTWO 11/9/2020
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CECELW 10/17/2020
I have always wanted to participate in a 5k. I haven't heard anything about it in my area Report
CD25385367 9/4/2020
Thanks for the info Report
BONNIE1552 8/20/2020
Doing mostly walking at this point. Report
Good article about prepping to run a 5k. Thanks for the tips. Report
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I did one about 10 years ago. I walked most of it. Excited to start training for another Report
Yes, I've completed 3 5k so far, and I only walked them. I'm doing another one in a about 8 weeks. My last 5k was a Killer, because I didn't use common sense and wore the wrong shoes. What I've learned is that those Shoes and Socks in the store that's made for Running is not a Gimmick! You Must Wear the proper shoes and socks, because when I did my 5k with regular workout shoes and socks, my feet were Sore and The Socks kept Slipping down in the shoes causing me to stop to fix them 3 times during the race. I Learned My Lesson, WEAR THE PROPER ATTIRE FOR YOUR WORKOUTS!!!!! Report
I have never trained for a 5k before. Report
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Thanks for an informative article! :) Report
Thank you for pulling this resource together--no matter your fitness level at the beginning, this helps to condition to a higher level--I highly recommend picking the challenge which works best for your current fitness level. Don't worry about what you cant do (to start) just do what you can do and you will be amazed with your own progress! I was. Report
Love running. Was on cross country & track in HS. Then did nothing until 2013. I used the SP 5K Running Challenge and it was great. My first 5K, I took 1st place in my age group. But an Achilles tendon injury has really kept me from running lately. Such a tough injury to heal from & I'm trying to avoid surgery. Report
I've done walking 5Ks in the past, but can't anymore because of back problems. I enjoyed doing the Susan Komen 5K for 2 years when I lived in San Antonio. Report
It was so hard! I got up to running a good 7-8 minutes - but couldn't get past that point. Eventually, I threw in the towel and went back to just walking. I longed to have a partner to run with - someone for motivation. *sadface* Report