5K Basics: How to Run a Faster 5K – The Speed Does Count!

Posted by livingit
October 10, 2017

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Are you looking to find your true potential? Is your new goal running the 5k faster than your usual speed? Are you thinking about how to run a faster 5k? Getting your best out at a 5k is a challenge in itself since this distance requires you to pool in the endurance of a marathoner and the speed of a miler – a tricky combination to meet. A beginner at running will choose this distance to race since it seems very ‘doable’ while the seasoned runners get a kick out of running fast for the short distance without having the ‘beat up’ feeling that normally accompanies a long race. The gateways to speed are dedication and consistency, no matter if you are a novice trying to graduate from a steady jog to an amiable run, or an old timer at running just trying to up your time. Training for a 5k distance will surely also be helpful in running other distances, yes – even a marathon.

The 5k race is a distance which could possibly slip by you very fast, but aiming for the finish line unprepared, you could be facing unnecessary exhaustion and tiredness in the second half of the race. Having said that, the next obvious thing is having a training plan in place which is designed to address the exact demand – in this case, increasing your speed at a 5k race.

How to Run a Faster 5K- The 5K PR Plan

Reaching your personal best is THE GOAL! In order to accomplish a successful PR in a 5K, there are a few different types of workouts you should be inculcating into your training plan. You will be required to go a step beyond just your general aerobic runs, which will keep up your general fitness levels, but not your speed limits in a 5K. There’s no ‘one-size-fits-all’ training program and you are going to want to tweak the workouts a bit to suit your needs. What a 5K training plan will do is develop the following areas in a gradual but consistent manner:

  • Endurance
  • Strength
  • Speed 
  • Tapering 
5k Marathon

5K Speed Training Plan

As is rightly said, ‘Train hard and go in rested’ is a good policy to follow. How to run a faster 5K is possible only through a dedicated training plan. Below we have taken into account some 5k specific workouts to incorporate into your 5k speed training plan to achieve that PR!!

1. Interval Runs:

Interval runs are used to up the runner’s anaerobic threshold levels, endurance levels and build muscle strength.

 

One minute intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Follow with one minute of hard running, and one minute of recovery – repeat 8 sets of the same. Relax by running with an easy effort for five minutes followed by a three-minute walk.

Two-minute intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Follow with two minutes of hard but with controlled effort running, and one minute of walking and one minute of jogging for recovery – repeat 6 sets of the same. Cool by running with an easy effort for five minutes followed by a three-minute walk.

1-2-3 Intervals:

Start off with a pre-warm up by walking two to three minutes, warm up with a ten minute run at an easy effort. Then repeat the following steps three times –

  • One minute of hard running but with controlled effort and one minute of an easy walk or jog for recovery.
  • Two minutes of hard running and one minute of jogging and one minute of walking for recovery.
  • Three minutes of hard running and one minute of walking and two minutes of jogging for recovery.

interval run for faster 5k race

2. Tempo Runs:

Tempo pace is completing a workout at speeds approaching 5K pace and maintaining it for a significant period of time. tempo race is typically three to seven miles of distance to cover at a pace that is 30 -45 seconds slower than your 5K race pace. This workout is intended to be a hard effort, but not an all-out effort, which means that at no point in time should you be in oxygen-depleted stage whilst at tempo pace.

tempo runs

3. Hill Repeats:

Hill repeats are a workout which will improve your efficiency by coaching a proper stride during fatigued legs. The concept is to run up an adequately steep hill for 40 to 60 yards, walk back down to the base of the hill and recover by waiting it out for two to three minutes before going at it again. Once a week, head for a hill repeat, taking in at least eight to ten sets each time.

hill sprints

4. Taper:

Tapering refers to the reduction in your intensity and mileage before your race. In the case of a short race like the 5K, your taper would also require being short.

A week prior to your 5K run: 

  • Lessen the distance of your long run by 25 percent and rest it out the day after your long run.
  • Diminish the intensity of your speed workout a bit and bring down the repetitions number from 25% to 33%.
  • Three days prior to the race decrease your mileage and if you feel like you need it add an additional rest day.

To read about the most effective 5k workouts for the beginners, click here.

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