These plans do not include any mid-training races, however some people do wish to do a practice 5K during their training. I would suggest doing this the 4th Sunday. You can make that Saturday a rest day or very easy day. Remember, this is just a guide. Make it fit your schedule and adapt it as needed. Don’t forget to add strength training 2-3 times a week as well along with stretching and agility exercises to avoid injury. Please see the wellness section for some tips on stretching and flexibility exercises.

 

TWo month 5k training plan for the beginner

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 Rest  1 mile run Rest or easy cross train 1.25 mile run Rest 1.25 mile run 1.5 mile walk/run
2 Rest  1.25 mile run Rest or easy cross train 1.25 mile run Rest 1.5 mile run 1.75 mile walk/run
3 Rest  1.5 mile run Rest or easy cross train 1.5 mile run Rest 1.75 mile run 2 mile walk/run
4 Rest  1.75 mile run Rest or easy cross train 1.75 mile run Rest 2 mile run 2.25 mile walk/run
5 Rest  2 mile run Rest or easy cross train 2 mile run Rest 2.25 mile run 2.5 mile walk/run
6 Rest  2.25 mile run Rest or easy cross train 2.5 mile run Rest 2.75 mi run 3 mile walk/run
7 Rest 3 mile run Rest or easy cross train 2 mile run Rest 3 mile run 3.25 mile walk/run
8 Rest  3 mile run Rest or easy cross train 2 mile run Rest Rest 5K Race

 

Two month 5K training plan-Intermediate

 

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 Rest  2 mile run 3-4 mile tempo run 3 mile run Rest  4 mile run 6 mile run
2 Rest  3 mile run 3-4 mile run with pick-ups 3 mile run Rest 4 mile run 6 mile run
3 Rest  3 mile run 4-5 hills at 5K pace 3 mile run Rest 5 mile run 7 mile run
4 Rest  3 mile run 4-400 meter repeats 3 mile run Rest 5 mile run 7 mile run
5 Rest  3 mile run 4 mile tempo run 3 mile run Rest 6 mile run 7 mile run
6 Rest  3 mile run 4 miles with pick ups 3 mile run Rest 6 mile run 7 mile run
7 Rest 3 mile run 6-400 meter repeats 3 mile run Rest 4 mile run  5 mile run
8 Rest  3 mile run 3 mile tempo run 2 mile run Rest Rest 5K Race

 

two month 5k training plan-advanced

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 Rest  3 mile run 4 mile tempo run 5 mile run Rest or easy run 4 mile run 6 mile run
2 Rest  4 mile run 4 mile run with pick-ups 6 mile run Rest or easy run 4 mile run 7 mile run
3 Rest  4 mile run 6-8 hills at 5K pace 6 mile run Rest or easy run 5 mile run 8 mile run
4 Rest  4 mile run 8-400 meter repeats 5 mile run Rest or easy run 4 mile run 9 mile run
5 Rest  4 mile run 4 mile tempo run 4 mile run Rest or easy run 5 mile run 10 mile run
6 Rest  4 mile run 4 miles with pick ups 3 mile run Rest or easy run 6 mile run 7 mile run
7 Rest 3 mile run 8-400 meter repeats 3 mile run Rest or easy run 4 mile run 7 mile run
8 Rest  5-400 meter repeats 3 mile tempo run 2 mile run Rest  Rest 5K Race

 

 

Terms:

Pick Ups: Accelerations during the run. Try to do 30 second accelerations every 5-10 minutes during your run. Or choose a spot in the distance and accelerate until you reach that point. This will help your legs adapt to making quick changes in speed during the race, especially for that final push!

 

Repeats: If you don’t have a track attempt to estimate a quarter mile for the 400 meters repeats and a half mile for the 800 meter repeats, or just use your GPS watch. Run these at race pace and walk for 400 meters or a quarter mile between each repeat.

 

Tempo runs: These are continuous runs with a gradual acceleration mid-run to race pace. Start at an easy pace for the first mile, build to race pace by mid run, and then decelerate back to an easy pace for the last mile. 

 

Hills: Try to find a hill about 500 feet, or a tenth of a mile. Really any hill can work though and challenge yourself with the length and grade. These can also be done on a treadmill. Slow jog/walk down to the bottom and repeat. If your race consists of a large amount of downhill running you should run at least half of the hills back downhill to prepare your muscles for the increased stress of eccentric muscle contraction you will encounter on race day.