Beginner's Question re training for 5K

Beginner's Question re training for 5K

Post by David Ka » Tue, 14 Oct 1997 04:00:00


I will be running a 5K in a couple months. I currently can do 2 miles in
about 13:30 minutes. What would be a good training regimen to prepare for
the 5K? I'm planning on simply running a 5K as fast as I can 3 or 4 times a
week -- or should I be doing something else?
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Beginner's Question re training for 5K

Post by Martin Timothy Nik » Thu, 16 Oct 1997 04:00:00

: I will be running a 5K in a couple months. I currently can do 2 miles in
: about 13:30 minutes. What would be a good training regimen to prepare for
: the 5K? I'm planning on simply running a 5K as fast as I can 3 or 4 times a
: week -- or should I be doing something else?
: --
: Check out PINHEAD, the on-line 'zine of humor and weirdness.
: http://home.earthlink.net/~davidkam/
:
You should aim to cover a distance futher than that you are aiming to do.
Doing a 5K flat out a few times will simply burn you out. It will do you
no good at all.

You should gradually build up to about four miles, and taper down a week
or so before the event. You should vary the type of session as well. Some
fater short sessions and longer slow runs, and also some fartlek training
(playing with speed) where you vary your speed over 400m intervals, from
jogging to running.