Training for a First 5K - What Running Program To Do?
by Kathryn H.
Hi! I am currently on week 5 of your 12 week Beginner's Running Program to work up to running 30 minutes straight. Once I complete that, I'm thinking the next goal would be to run a 5K.
Do you have a program set up already for that, like you do for your 10K, which people can print off your site and use?
This is all new to me and a bit confusing to try and come up with a program myself, what with base running, tempo runs, intervals, etc. The simpler the better, right?!
I very much appreciate your site and all your straightforward information. If you don't have anything, could you help me personally to set up a training program?
Thanks so much, Kathryn
Answer by Dom:
Great to hear you are doing one of my Beginners Running Programs.
I am always happy to hear when there are people out there using the programs to start their running journey.
Once you get to 30 minutes of non-stop running you should be pretty close to being able to complete a 5k. Of course, depending on your running speed. That's more or less why I did not feel the need to put a separate 5k running program on the site and let people immediately progress to the 10k!
Having said that, if, after getting to 30 minutes non-stop running you are interested in sharpening up your 5k running, then yes, I could help personally. I understand that with all the different running workouts you can choose from, it can get confusing, especially if you are new to running. So, feel free to check out my running coaching service. I can provide you with a tailor-made running program of flexible length, depending on your needs.
Happy to help and once again, fantastic to have yet another happy user of this site!
Beginner Running Tips
Are you a beginning runner? Then this is your best starting point. Many tips and running programs on offer, dedicated to you.
Running for Weight Loss
Aiming to lose a few pounds? Get into the Running for Weight Loss section for tips and advice.
The Running Training section of the site has got the most articles. It is constantly getting updated with new tips and information. A must-visit if you are serious about improving your running performance.
5k Running Tips
The 5k is a great distance to run and train for. The great thing is that you can do it quite often and see big improvements.
10k Running Tips
The 10k is a real challenge. You need to run fast for an uncomfortably long time! Check out this section if you are strong of mind and legs!
Marathon Running Tips
The marathon is a massive challenge. Proper training is so important! Make sure to check out this section if you have got your mind set on the marathon!
Marathon Calculator Page - Three Essential Running Calculators That Help You Conquer Your MarathonThis marathon calculator page provides you with a set of running calculators that help you conquer your marathon. Calculate your marathon pace, training pace etc.
Advanced Marathoning Book Review- If You Want To Do More Than Finishing a MarathonWant to run your best marathon? Want to do more than just finishing a marathon. Then Advanced Marathoning is the book for you.
Top Fifteen Beginner Jogging MythsThe top fifteen beginner jogging myths. When you are a beginning runner, you'll hear lots of nonsense about running. This articles dispels some of the most common myths.
How Can I Improve My 5 Mile Time?I am a 25-year-old female running a 7 minute mile for 5 miles. My time is between 33 to 35 minutes. My question is how can I run a 6 minute mile for 5
Returning to Running After a Meniscus InjuryI have developed a meniscus injury which requires surgery. I run 1/2 and full marathons and haven't been able to run for the past 3 months as I wait