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Advanced Training for a 5K Race in 4 Weeks

You've finally done it—signed up to run your first 5K race. You have a month to train for it. If you're an advanced runner who currently logs at least 20 miles a week, the following program will have you up to speed in four weeks.

Training Notes

To understand the week-by-week advanced 5K training schedule that follows, first learn what each term stands for so you'll know exactly what to do each day.

Tempo Runs (TR)

Tempo runs help you develop your anaerobic threshold, which is critical for fast 5K racing.

Start your run with 10 minutes of easy running, then continue with 15 to 20 minutes running at a pace that's about 10 seconds per mile slower than your 10K race pace. Wind up with a 10-minute cool-down.

Hill Repeats (HR)

For hill repeats, find a slope that's not too steep, and that's 200 to 400 meters long. Run up the hill at your 5K race pace. Recover with an easy jog down the hill. Then repeat.

5K Interval Workouts

Run your interval workouts at your 5K race pace, with a two-minute easy-paced recovery in between each interval. You should start and finish your 5K interval workouts with one mile of easy running to warm up and cool down.

Long Runs (LR)

You're not training for a long-distance event, but long runs will help you develop your stamina, which is important in 5K racing. Do your long runs at a comfortable pace: You should be able to breathe easily and talk in complete sentences. You should also do your easy runs (ER) at this effort.

Rest Days

You can take the day off on rest days or do some easy cross-training (CT), such as biking, swimming, or another activity.3 Strength training is an excellent way to improve your endurance, running performance and increase your injury resistance.

4-Week Advanced 5K Training Schedule

You can start on any day of the week you like, but you may wish to schedule the long run for a weekend day. You can also shuffle the days around to meet your needs, but be sure to incorporate sufficient rest and recovery.

Week 1

Day 1: 40 minutes CT or restDay 2: 25 minutes TR plus three hill repeatsDay 3: 3 to 4 miles ERDay 4: 5K intervals: 5 minutes at 5K effort (three times)Day 5: RestDay 6: 7 miles LRDay 7: 3 miles ER

Week 2 

Day 1: 45 minutes CT or RestDay 2: 30 minutes TR plus four hill repeatsDay 3: 3 to 4 miles ERDay 4: 5K intervals: 5 minutes at 5K effort (four times)Day 5: RestDay 6: 8 miles LRDay 7: 3 miles ER

Week 3 

Day 1: 40 minutes CT or restDay 2: 25 minutes TR plus four hill repeatsDay 3: 3 to 4 miles ERDay 4: 5K intervals: 5 minutes at 5K effort (three times)Day 5: RestDay 6: 7 miles LRDay 7: 3 miles ER

Week 4 

Day 1: 30 minutes CTDay 2: RestDay 3: 20 minutes TRDay 4: RestDay 5: 2 to 3 miles ERDay 6: RestDay 7: 5K Race day— good luck!

 

(11/19/2022) Views: 144 ‚ö°AMP
by Christine Luff, ACE-CPT
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