Running a 5K is no joke! Whether you’re preparing for your first distance running event, or gearing up to achieve and maintain your FASTEST race pace ever…here are our 3 favorite 5K Training Tips!
You cannot achieve success on race day without simply logging the miles in preparation!
Even though the race will be a distance of 3.1 miles, many of your training runs should fall somewhere between 3 and 5 miles.
Being able to maintain good form for a longer distance will make your efficiency and stamina for the shorter race distance that much better.
Here’s a couple tricks you can use to reset your posture mid-run:
The 5K race is often used as a vehicle for improving speed at other distances. For someone running a 10K or Half Marathon down the road, perhaps the most valuable of our 5K training tips is to work regularly on improving your speed!
And remember, your speed is only as good as your ability to maintain it during the race.
Here’s a workout you can incorporate once a week:
And here are a few additional 5K Training Tips to use to make those hill sprints less painful:
The 5K distance is a perfect blend of demanding both distance and speed equally.
To find success in the 5K you must learn to expend less energy. You can do this by accessing more power in each step as well as improving the mechanics of your footwork and upper body posture as you run.
To fine-tune this, try adding in 1-2 running drills before 1-2 runs per week.
Here are two of our favorites:
The high skip teaches you how to drive the most power out of your foot, each time it comes off the ground.
Exaggerating the driving of the knee to the chest will help you find a more efficient pulling position in your stride.
The explosiveness of this movement will make your distance running more economical around miles 2 and 3.
Complete 2-3 rounds of high skips for 10-30 meters before heading out on your run.
The carioca movement encourages opening of the hips for more powerful arm swing as well as quicker footwork for improved cadence control.
Quicker cadence allows you to run faster for longer.
Complete 2-3 rounds of carioca for 10-30 meters before 1-2 runs each week.
These 5K training tips will make a world of difference in your race day running. Use them to improve your ability to hold onto that speed from start to finish!
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