5k training plans

Plans to suit all abilities

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Here are our 6-week training plans, produced by RunningWithUs, designed to get you ready for your 5k Race for Life event this summer. Designed for women of all ages and fitness levels, simply choose the pace you want to do.

For some extra training tips make sure you've downloaded the free Race for Life app. It will also help you stay on top of your fundraising and keep up-to-date on your event.

Top tips for everyone

  • Wear comfy shoes and make sure your feet are well supported.
  • Look the part while training with our range of merchandise. 
  • It's also a good idea to wear a sports bra.
  • If you're a beginner, increase the time you exercise for gradually.
  • Train with friends and help motivate each other.
  • Whether you walk, run or dance, go at a conversational pace.
  • Remember to warm up and cool down before and after any exercise.
  • A balanced diet will help you feel great.
  • It's important to stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.
  • Remember to stay SunSmart when you're training and keep covered up.

Every little helps

Why not think about walking some or all of the way to work? If the full distance is a bit much, try getting off your bus or train a stop earlier and walking the rest of the way. You could join a running club or even form a walk-to-work group and get your colleagues involved.

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How far is 5k?

If you’re not sure how far 5k is, have a look at our everyday examples

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