The Complete Beginner’s 5k Running Plan

So, you’re willing to finally start this little adventure of yours, huh ? Or at least you’re seriously considering this 5k running plan. Well, it that case, this could turn to be one of your best decisions ever.

I guess you’re starting from zero ? If that’s the case, then any first steps, no matter how small, will be steps to a healthier, happier you. A regular exercise like this, will not only help you keep your shape and improve cardiovascular health, it will also serve as a stress killer, energy booster and instill a sense of overall well-being.

Running a 5K is an excellent achievable goal for any new runners. It’s a perfect distance for first-timers and you’ll get lots of motivation, as well as enjoyment, from participating in the 5k training before the race, and of course the actual race afterwards.

But you must also not underestimate the 5k distance, ideally you should ease into this 5k running plan gradually. Of course this depends primarily on your physical condition on the very beginning, but reading this, let’s just say that it’s best to just assume that you’re starting from zero, i.e. the famous couch potato starting position.

There is just too many people who have been turned off of running a 5k simply by trying to start off too fast, too ambitiously. It’s important to gradually get into this thing. Your body will almost certainly rebel against it at the beginning, and I want you to accept this as normal and just keep going. You’ll look at this moments later on, with a smile on your face.

This beginner’s 5k running plan is organized as a series of 4 articles which will gradually introduce you to the world of 5k running while the culmination is reached in the last article which is the actual 5k training schedule.

So, here it is. Enjoy!

The Beginner’s 5k Running Plan:

And if you’re a more experienced 5k runner and are looking for something more advanced, you will love this:

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