Beginner’s 5K Training Schedule

Use this schedule as the basis for your 5K training.

Photo: Autumn Goodman

Last updated on February 21st, 2023

So you’ve decided to run a 5K–3.1 miles. Good for you! The key to finishing a race of any distance, but particularly the longer distances, is being prepared. How do you prepare? By gradually getting your body ready for the feat of strength you’re undertaking. This involves slowly ramping up your mileage and planning rest days, too. (Yep, you read that right!)

Before you start any training program, it’s always a good idea to consult your physician.

Now go get ’em!