8-week Beginner 5K Training Plan (with Zones)

Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 00:00

This plan is written for the athlete who has a base of 10 miles a week, and is ready to enter a structured training program for the 5K distance. If the athlete does not have a base of 10 miles a week, we recommend the P3|Running 12 week Beginner Run/Walk Program. After completing this plan, the next best step is the P3|Running 8-week 5K Base Building Plan.

The plan also includes Core and Hip Stability and Strength workouts to ensure that the athlete is caring for their foundation.

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

Coach Michele is an RRCA Certified Running Coach and a Certified Specialist in Fitness Nutrition (ISSA). Her personal running endeavors include distances ranging from 5Ks to 100 miles, and she has coached several athletes to personal bests and finishes at all distances.

Sample Day 1
3mi
3 mile Aerobic Run with 4 - 20 second strides at the end.

Run at a light pace. 

This run should be done at 60 to 70% effort (Zone 2). You should be able to easily carry on a conversation during the duration of this run.

Sample Day 2
2mi
2 mile Aerobic Run

Run at a light pace.

This run should be done at 60 to 70% effort (Zone 2). You should be able to easily carry on a conversation during the duration of this run.

Sample Day 3
3mi
3 mile Aerobic Run with 4 - 20 second strides at the end.

Run at a light pace. 

This run should be done at 60 to 70% effort (Zone 2). You should be able to easily carry on a conversation during the duration of this run.

Sample Day 5
3mi
3 mile Aerobic Run

Run at a light pace. 

This run should be done at 60 to 70% effort (Zone 2). You should be able to easily carry on a conversation during the duration of this run.

Sample Day 6
2mi
2 mile Recovery Run

Run at a very light to light pace.

You should at be at about 50 to 60% effort (Zone 1) The recovery run should feel easy and you should be able to easily carry on a conversation for the duration of the run.

Sample Day 8
3mi
3 mile Aerobic Run with 4 - 20 second strides at the end.

Run at a light pace. 

This run should be done at 60 to 70% effort (Zone 2). You should be able to easily carry on a conversation during the duration of this run.

Sample Day 9
2mi
2 mile Aerobic Run

Run at a light pace.

This run should be done at 60 to 70% effort (Zone 2). You should be able to easily carry on a conversation during the duration of this run.

Michele Pettinger
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P3 | Running

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We understand that every runner is unique; your history in the sport, current lifestyle and personal goals all play a role in designing the right plan. P3 Running is built on the belief that when you have the very best knowledge as your starting point, and support from your coaches and community throughout your training, you can foster, nourish and unleash your true potential.