12 week 5K - Beginner Run/Walk Plan, with Core and Hip Stability and Strength Program

Average Weekly Training Hours 02:16
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 02:16
Training Load By Week

The goal of this 12-week program is to have the athlete running comfortably for 30 minutes straight by the end of the 12 weeks and ready to take on the 5K distance.

The athlete should be able to comfortably walk for 40 minutes when starting this program. There are 3 run/walk days a week with the option of a 4th "Walking Only" day. Midweek runs max out at 50 minutes; while Weekend runs max out at 1 hour.

This plan also comes with a Core and Hip Stability and Strength program with instructions on how it can be executed and prompts the athlete to advance to Level 2 in Week 6.

Also included is a Stretching document that gives instruction on Dynamic Stretches to be done before a run, and Static Stretches to be done after a run when the muscles are warmed up.

Coach Michele also offers one, 15-minute complementary phone call to answer questions.

Sample Day 2
0:40:00
40 minute run/walk

5 minute warm-up walk
Run 2 minutes, Walk 4 minutes x 5
5 minute cool-down walk

Sample Day 4
0:40:00
40 minute Run/Walk

5 minute warm-up walk
Run 2 minutes, Walk 4 minutes x 5
5 minute cool-down walk

Sample Day 6
0:45:00
45 minute Run/Walk

10 minute warm-up walk
Run 2 minutes, Walk 4 minutes x 5
5 minute cool-down walk

Sample Day 9
0:40:00
40 minute run/walk

5 minute warm-up walk
Run 3 minutes, Walk 3 minutes x 5
5 minute cool-down walk

Sample Day 11
0:40:00
40 minute run/walk

5 minute warm-up walk
Run 3 minutes, Walk 3 minutes x 5
5 minute cool-down walk

Sample Day 13
0:45:00
45 minute Run/Walk

10 minute warm-up walk
Run 3 minutes, Walk 3 minutes x 5
5 minute cool-down walk

Sample Day 16
0:40:00
40 minute run/walk

5 minute warm-up walk
Run 4 minutes, Walk 2 minutes x 5
5 minute cool-down walk

Michele Pettinger
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