Running 5k: How to Go from Good to Great

And crush multiple PRs

Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

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Photo by leah hetteberg on Unsplash

A 5k or 3.1 miles is usually the first true milestone for beginner runners, and it's also a great distance to test the current fitness of more advanced athletes.

While it may seem fairly easy to get to the 5k finish line, it's a lot more challenging to do it well and improve your time again and again.

Many people fail to reap the benefits of 5k training and go straight to longer distances once the first checkpoint is reached. A 10k, half-marathon, or marathon look way more prestigious; I get that.

Yet, focusing on becoming a better 5k runner can help you get fitter and beat your personal best in other races. And I think I know how you can do it.

Back when I started running, 5k was the ultimate distance I tried to reach every time. With no strategy or regular training plan in place, I went from sub-30 to sub-27 pretty quickly.

I then decided to aim further and tackle a 10k in the next races, with sub-25 still on my mind. And no matter how hard I trained, my 5k time seemed stuck. Until I understood what I should've done instead.

Here are the lessons I learned that can help you get to a new 5k PB:

  1. Build a solid aerobic base

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Agnese Zimele
Runner's Life

Marketing specialist and running coach who's been passionate about writing since childhood.