How to Train for a 5K
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The husband and I are doing a Warrior Dash this September for our anniversary. And I want to beat him. Competitive much? But really, every time we do races together he totally whips my butt and I’m over it! This time it’s on like Donkey Kong. Which is why I’ve put together this How to Train for a 5k for ya’ll!
How to Train for a 5k
To train for a 5k please remember these things:
- Get good running shoes! I get fitted at running stores specifically. They typically tell you to get at least 1.5 sizes bigger than your normal shoe size.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Nothing is more important to your training than keeping your body hydrated!
- Watch your form. If your back starts hurting it’s because your form is off. Make sure to engage your core while you run.
To train for a 5k:
- For your first run, run as long as you can without stopping. Time it.
- Week 1- Run for 3 days that week, running the same time and distance as your first run.
- Week 2- Run for 3 days, running the same time and distance as your first run TWICE for each session.
- Week 3- Run for 3 days, running the same time and distance as your first run THREE times each session.
- Week 4- Run one day for as long as you can without stopping. Time it.
- Week 5- Run for 3 days that week, running the same time and distance as your second timed run
- Week 6- Run for 3 days that week, running the same time and distance as your second timed run TWICE per session.
- Week 7- Run for 3 days that week, running the same time and distance as your second timed run THREE times per session.
- Week 8- Run one day as for as long as you can without stopping. Time it.
- *Continue this process until you can run all 3.2 miles without stopping! If you want to increase your speed, add one more day of running per week in which you do 2 miles of sprints*
Something else that’s important for training is energy. As a mom of two, a business woman, and just a plain human being I am exhausted more times than not. Which is why coffee is a saving grace for me! I’ve just discovered this SToK™ Iced Coffee at Kroger and I am loving the boost it gives me!! This Bold & Smooth blend is my favorite of their flavors. It’s lightly sweetened so it goes down smooth, but has enough of that caffeine kick to insure a great workout and energy throughout the day. I love that it’s stocked at my favorite grocery store, so I can buy all of my training food essentials there along with my SToK™ Iced Coffee!
For my coffee snobs- you’ll love this brand! It’s high quality, no additives, delicious coffee. It’s also slow brewed so you get the best taste and the most caffeine. I know all my mamas are going to especially appreciate that! What’s your favorite Stok flavor?
What a great routine! Coffee is super important in my exercise routine.
Man, I don’t know how people get so motivated to run marathons. I wish I could be like you!! Your post did motivate me to get off my ass tho 😉 Good luck!!
I’ve participated in two 5K’s previously and they kicked my butt because I didn’t really prepare. Definitely love these tips! 🙂
I admire you SO much for being able to train and run such a long marathon! That first photo of you is incredible!
La Belle Sirene
I love those nikes! You are so awesome. I did C25K one time! It was really good!
I’m just starting to run again and am currently striving just to do 1 mile without stopping! Ha. Gotta start somewhere! Good luck in your competition! 🙂
I’ve seen that coffee all over social media and I’m dying to try it! It looks so good & like it would speed up my daily routine 🙂
Southern And Style
I’ve never been good at drinking lots of water, but since my goal is to run a 5k by the end of the semester, that will definitely have to change! I found your blog through The Blogging Elite and I’m so glad!
I don’t know if I could do a 5k, but I’ll use these tips for my running at home lol! You look amazing doing a handstand on that jungle gym!
Great advice! I’m curious to try out this coffee now. And I love the Nike’s!
I don’t know about the running part, but that coffee does look good! All kidding aside, though, your three first points are key to any healthy exercise regime.
Great tips! I’m still working my way up to be able to run a mile, but I’ll get there!
This is a different way to train for a 5K and I think I’m going to try it! I’ve always wanted to do this but my knees don’t really let me.
You are soooooo unbelievably fit! LOVE those shoes.
My boyfriend and I are wanting to do a 5K so badly, but need to train. This looks like a totally feasible training plan! I’m def pinning this for later.
Uuuuh BRB. I’m off to Kroger!
Good luck on your race! My husband and I run together all the time, but we don’t race each other anymore. We now run and train for our races together, which I love. We try to beat ourselves instead of each other. 🙂
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