Tips for your 5K race: How to train and what shoes to use

I think that lately the objective has been lost a bit with the competitions and training because it seems that only interested in looking for things “the longer and harder, the better“, perhaps misinterpreting or misrepresenting the mythical “citius, altius, fortius” (“faster, higher, stronger“) by Barón de Cubertain.

This attitude often leads us to belittle or underestimate things that, within the world of running, can be as satisfying or more than those supposedly superhuman exploits.

A clear example is the five-kilometer (5K) races that represent, along with those of 10K, an almost perfect balance between speed, strength, endurance, effort, … and, taken from the popular or amateur point of view, they do not have as many requirements such as those of greater distances at the level of training, dedication time, material, etc. With this, I am not saying that the 5K is easier than a half marathon, marathon or ultra because, if someone wants to give 100%, whatever the distance, he will have to train a lot and very hard.

So, after this plea in favor of the 5K races, to rogue a little and facilitate the approach to them we propose a simple training plan that can help you improve in that distance and, also tips that we propose some of the shoes that we would value to travel that road until the day of the competition.

It is a very general, simple plan, designed especially for those who already have a habit of running and go out three or four days a week that, why not, could serve as a guide and continuation to which we proposed to start running from scratch.

Preliminary considerations:

  • This training plan is a “general recipe” in which we have prioritized the facility to visualize, manage and adapt it.
  • We have “gridded” so that it can be easily adapted to the week type of each runner. e.g.: There will be those who prefer to rest on Monday because on Sunday they make the long run or whoever wants to take advantage of Sunday to rest and be eating “the Sunday dinner” with the family.
  • It is based on a weekly schedule with: four days a week of running (days 1, 3, 5 and 6), one or two days of cross training plus strengthening if possible (days 2 and 4) and one “mandatoryrest day.
  • There is no problem in modifying the order within each week (always within a logical minimum, of course). There is also no problem for introducing a second day of rest replacing one of the two days of cross-training / strengthening.
  • In the running sessions it is necessary to do a preliminary warm-up and a return to calm at the end and it is also good to introduce at least once a week a bit of running technique.
  • We do not specify paces but sensations and percentage of effort according to pulse. Nor do we put distances but times.

Having said that, here is the general plan:

To interpret the general plan, keep in mind this legend:

  • Warm up: 10′-15′ minutes that include mobility exercises and a progressive start of the run.
  • Cool down: 5′-10′ decreasing the pace and even walking with more mobility exercises and gentle stretching.
  • Pulse: Estimated percentages. If a heart rate monitor is not available or the training zones have not been calculated, you can try the “speech test”.
  • Intensity: Measure on a scale of 0 to 10.
  • Training Progressions: Run at the pace indicated in the plan and introduce 3 or 4 blocks in which we will progressively increase the pace for 30” until we reach our 80% – 85%, keep that pace for 30” and then progressively go down running at the indicated pace for 3′ – 4’.
  • Cross Training: Virtually any sports activity other than running: cycling, swimming, mountain, yoga, elliptical … We should not go over an intensity of 70% – 75%.
  • Strength Training:
    • Varied strength training with machines, free weights, tensors, …
    • You should contemplate exercises of the whole body in each session.
    • Before the exercises it is convenient to do 10′ of warm up that includes some aerobic activity (elliptical, static bike, …) and mobility exercises.
    • For each exercise, you can take as a reference 2-3 blocks of 12-16 repetitions with a weight that allows us to finish the three blocks with a feeling of effort around 70-80% of our capacity.
  • Speed training:

Everything ok up to here? If something is not clear or you want us to talk about something, do not hesitate to write in the comments.

But, be careful, we have not finished yet because, as we promised at the beginning, we are also going to propose a few shoes to put all this into practice.

Shoes to improve in the 5K races

As you know, the choice of shoes is something that must be done considering who is going to use them and how they are going to use them, so it is difficult to make generally applicable recommendations, although we will try to give you some guidelines and indicate models that usually give a lot of play for its versatility and versatility.

First of all, although you can live with a single pair of shoes, I am a strong advocate of the convenience of having two pairs. Ideally, one to train and another for competitions and training cane. But I would also have two pairs even if the two were training shoes because I think it’s worth having a bit more reserved than those that we usually crush.

That said, as “base” shoes, for workouts, as we talk about workouts that are not excessively long, I put forward a lot of training shoes in the style of New Balance 1080 v8Nike Vomero 13Asics Gel Cumulus 19Mizuno Wave Ultima 9Supernova Glide 9Saucony Ride 10, … or, if you need support, New Balance Fresh Foam Vongo v2Asics GT-2000 6Mizuno Wave Inspire 14Supernova STSaucony Guide ISO, …

That is, training shoes, rolling, comfortable, … but that, in general, do not make you averse to the occasional acceleration.

However, if we talk about slightly lighter runners or want things a little faster because they already move in medium or even high rhythms, I would look better among the Mizuno Wave Rider 21Nike Pegasus 34Adidas Energy Boost 4Asics Dynaflyte 2, …

For speed training and for the 5K itself, it depends on what rhythms we talk about, but if you are not going to be less than 4 ‘/ km with ease, ideally mixed shoes, something like New Balance Fresh Foam Zante v4New Balance 1500v4Mizuno Wave ShadowAdidas Adizerto Boston 6, Nike Zoom Elite 10, … that can give you a lot of play.

Although, if you progress and you start running almost like the elves, then do not hesitate to give a touch to some fliers like Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 3Mizuno Wave SonicOn CloudflashNew Balance 1400 v5, …

By the way, in what 5K race are you going to put into practice what we have told you in this article? Do you tell us?

Planning credits: Coach Jenny Hadfield

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