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First Timer 5K Training Tips

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Sep. 16, 2011
  • Updated Oct. 22, 2012 at 12:47 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

3. Create Your Program

Training plans are available online and can be obtained through a personal trainer, or located in fitness or running magazines. There are many training plans to choose from, so the trick is to find one that is simple, easy to understand and works for your lifestyle. The basic training premise should be at least three days of running per week, with additional days of strength and/or cross training. Once you have your program, write it on a calendar and stick to it! Training is a matter of commitment. If you are committed, you will achieve your goal. Be committed!

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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