Beginner 5K Run Training

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Equipment NeededGood, Comfortable Running Shoes
Program Length6 weeks
Skill Level Beginner

The Beginner 5K Run Training program is designed as the next step in the running routine progression from the one mile beginner routine. You only need to be able to run one mile without stopping in order to start this program. Can’t run a mile? Don't get ahead of yourself and try to jump into this program too soon. Running can be a great way to improve your overall health, but trying to run farther or faster than you are ready can lead to injury. Start out slow even if that means having to switch between running and walking when first starting out. Also, remember to eat right and hydrate consistently when beginning the Beginner 5K Run Training program.

During the course of this program you will progress from running 1 mile up to 4 full miles without stopping to walk. Our focus during this program as in the Beginner One Mile, will be to jog the full distances designated each day, not worrying about your speed. A very slow jog is all you need to be able to do to get started. Once you are able to achieve the full 5K distance at a slow jog, you will be able to concentrate a bit more on building your speed. If you are already able to run a 5K distance and want to improve your speed, check out our Intermediate 5K Running plan.

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