6-Month Training for a 5K

If you've never run a race before, the concept can be daunting. A 5K, or 3.1 miles, is a good place to start. Most races feature runners of all shapes, sizes and levels. Giving yourself six months to prepare allows you to build up your musculoskeletal system and stamina to successfully go the distance. Beginning to Run You should introduce running only after you are comfortable walking for 30 to 60 minutes straight at a brisk pace. Start to add in short jogging intervals of 30 to 60 seconds for every five minutes of walking. Over the next couple of months, extend the amount of time you spend running and decrease the amount of time you walk until you are able to jog for 20 to 30 minutes strai

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