Four Interval Training Tips For Beginner 5K Runners

Knowing your current 5K race pace is essential to plotting interval workouts.

Partnered with his brother, Kevin Hanson, Keith Hanson is one of the coaches supervising the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project, a Michigan-based program that seeks to develop Olympic-caliber running talent.

With marquee athlete Desiree Davila posting the third-fastest marathon by an American woman in Boston in 2011, then landing a spot on the Olympic team in 2012 — not to mention two-time USA 25K champion and now-retired Brian Sell, who finished 22nd at the Beijing Olympic Marathon — the Hanson brothers have rapidly put Michigan on the map in the distance running world. The brothers also own and manage four running shoe stores in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Here, Hanson offers his four top tips for helping new runners achieve a 5K personal best.

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