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5K Training Plan for Advanced Runners [FREE PDF]


This 5K training plan is intended for advanced runners looking to improve their 5K time. In this article, you can also download a PDF 5K training plan for advanced runners for FREE.

Before you start following the plan, it is recommended that you have already run at least one 5K.

The training plan includes 8 weeks of training with 5 training sessions per week. For better clarity, it is divided into three parts:

  • 1-2 – Introductory – preparation for more intensive workouts
  • 3-7 – Specific – intensive and specific workouts
  • 8 – Taper – lower-volume training before the race

The fourth week is easier and serves to recover and adapt your body to stress.

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5K training plan for advanced

Every runner is an individual for themself and each of us knows our body best. Therefore, adjust the training plan to your capabilities. If you feel tired, rest that day. However, don’t let a lack of discipline and motivation stop you from sticking to the plan and achieving your goal.

Below is an 8-week 5K training plan for advanced runners (in miles).

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
WEEK 1RESTEASY RUN
4mi
FARTLEK 35′
10′ + 20′ (1′-1′) + 5′
EASY RUN
2.5mi
RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
LONG RUN
5mi
WEEK 2RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
FARTLEK 35′
10′ + 20′ (2′-1′) + 5′
EASY RUN
2.5mi
RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
LONG RUN
6mi
WEEK 3RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 800m, P 2′
EASY RUN
4mi
RESTTEMPO
2 x 1.5mi, P 3′
LONG RUN
6mi
WEEK 4RESTEASY RUN
4mi
FARTLEK 35′
10′ + 20′ (2′-2′) + 5′
EASY RUN
2.5mi
RESTEASY RUN
4mi + 3 x 100m
LONG RUN
5mi
WEEK 5RESTEASY RUN
5mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
10 x 400m, P 1′
EASY RUN
4mi
RESTTEMPO
3mi
LONG RUN
6mi
WEEK 6RESTEASY RUN TRČANJE
5mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
10 x 300m, P 1′
EASY RUN
4mi
RESTTEMPO
3 x 1.2mi, P 3′
LONG RUN
7.5mi
WEEK 7RESTEASY RUN
5mi + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
12 x 200m, P 1′
EASY RUN
4mi
RESTTEMPO
2 x 1.2mi, P 3′
LONG RUN
5mi
WEEK 8RESTEASY RUN 4mi or RESTINTERVALS
4 x 500m at race pace, P 2′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
2.5mi + 3 x 100m strides
RACE

Below is a 8-week 5K training plan for advanced runners (in kilometers).

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
WEEK 1RESTEASY RUN
6 km
FARTLEK 35′
10′ + 20′ (1′-1′) + 5′
EASY RUN
4 km
RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
LONG RUN
8 km
WEEK 2RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
FARTLEK 35′
10′ + 20′ (2′-1′) + 5′
EASY RUN
4 km
RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
LONG RUN
10 km
WEEK 3RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
6 x 800m, P 2′
EASY RUN
6 km
RESTTEMPO
2 x 2,5 km, P 3′
LONG RUN
10 km
WEEK 4RESTEASY RUN
6 km
FARTLEK 35′
10′ + 20′ (2′-2′) + 5′
EASY RUN
4 km
RESTEASY RUN
6 km + 3 x 100m strides
LONG RUN
8 km
WEEK 5RESTEASY RUN
8 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
10 x 400m, P 1′
EASY RUN
6 km
RESTTEMPO
5 km
LONG RUN
10 km
WEEK 6RESTEASY RUN TRČANJE
8 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
10 x 300m, P 1′
EASY RUN
6 km
RESTTEMPO
3 x 2 km, P 3′
LONG RUN
12 km
WEEK 7RESTEASY RUN
8 km + 3 x 100m strides
INTERVALS
12 x 200m, P 1′
EASY RUN
6 km
RESTTEMPO
2 x 2 km, P 3′
LONG RUN
8 km
WEEK 8RESTEASY RUN 6 km or RESTINTERVALS
4 x 500m at race pace, P 2′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
4 km + 3 x 100m strides
RACE

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Structured 5K training plan for advanced runners

5K training plan for advanced runners includes a combination of different types of training: easy run, fartlek, interval, tempo run, long run, and strength training.

EASY RUN

Goal: it serves as a warm-up before a particular workout, as a cooldown after training, or for recovery, as a separate workout

Warm-up: if you are doing an easy run as a separate workout, for warm-up do mobility exercises and dynamic stretches

Cooldown: if you are doing an easy run as a separate workout, for cool-down do static stretching exercises

Pace: run by feel at a light intensity, you should feel comfortable and relaxed while running

Tip

You can’t run too slow when you jog, just too fast. A common mistake runners make is running too fast on days when they should be doing low-intensity workouts.

FARTLEK

Goal: improve speed and endurance, make it easier to overcome the changes in pace during the race

Warm-up: 10 minutes of light, continuous running, without stopping, moving on to the main part of training

Cooldown: 5 minutes of light jogging, static stretching exercises

Pace: run by feel, without tracking your pace. Listen to your body. The pace varies from slow running up to 70% of your maximum speed. Run fast sections at a faster but controlled pace, at about 70% of your maximum, and run slow sections at an easy pace to recover and prepare yourself for a faster section.

Example: FARTLEK 35’= 10′ + 20′ (2′-1′) + 5′

  • 35’ –total duration of fartlek is 35 minutes
  • 10’ –10 minutes of warm-up running at a light intensity
  • 20′ (2′-1′) – 20 minutes are the part in which you alternate between fast and slow sections, that is, 2 minutes of faster running followed by 1 minute of slower running
  • 5’ – 5 minutes of light jogging (cooldown)

Read more: What is Fartlek? (12 Creative Fartlek Training Examples)

INTERVALS

Goal: improve endurance and speed endurance, running economy, the body’s ability to break down lactic acid (increase the lactate threshold), and develop a sense of pace

Warm-up: 10 minutes of light jogging, mobility exercises and dynamic stretches, running drills – 2 x 40m (ankling and high knees), 3x 60m strides

Cooldown: 10 minutes of light jogging, static stretching exercises

Pace: run 200m and 300m intervals at 1500m race pace, 400m and 500m intervals at 5K race pace, and 800m intervals at 10K race pace

Example: INTERVALS 10 x 400 m, P 1′

  • Warm up as directed. Rest. Then run a total of 10 intervals of 400m. After each interval, there is a break of 1 minute of standing still. After you finish the main part of the workout, continue jogging (cool down according to the instructions).

TEMPO RUN

Goal: teaches your body to handle more lactic acid, improves endurance, improves running economy, delays tired legs, increases tolerance to discomfort, and helps control emotions when it becomes difficult

Warm-up: 1mi of light jogging

Cooldown: 1mi of light jogging

Pace: comfortably hard, a pace at which you can run for about 60 minutes

Example: TEMPO RUNS 2 x 1.5mi, P 3′

  • Warm up as directed. Rest. Then run a total of 2 intervals of 1.5 miles each. After each interval, there is a break of 3 minutes of standing still. After you finish the main part of the workout, continue jogging (cool down according to the instructions).

Example: TEMPO RUNS 3mi

  • Warm up according to the instructions and, without stopping, move on to the main part of the workout, that is, 3 miles of running at the set pace. After the main part of the training has been done in continuity, do a cooldown according to the instructions.

LONG RUN

Goal: improve endurance, builds your self-confidence and mental strength

Warm-up: mobility exercises and dynamic stretches

Cooldown: static stretching exercises

Pace: conversational pace, a pace at which you feel comfortable and are able to talk

Read more: What is Considered a Long Run? (5 Long Run Examples)

STRIDES

Strides are gradual accelerations over distances between 60 and 100 meters. In this training plan, you will do them after light jogging or as a part of the warm-up before interval training.

Goal: developing speed and improving your running technique

Pace: they are performed at a pace that ranges from very light to 90% of your maximum speed

Read more: What Are Running Strides And How To Do Them?

STRENGTH TRAINING

In addition to running, add strength training. By strengthening the entire body, you will reduce your risk of injury, improve strength and stability, correct muscle imbalances, and therefore become faster.

Do strength training at least twice a week on days that suit you best.

Research has shown that it is optimal to do strength training 2 to 3 times a week over the course of 8 to 12 weeks to improve the running capabilities of more advanced middle- and long-distance runners.

During the last week of training (week 8), avoid strength training so that you are rested before the start of the race.

See strength training with all exercises in Strength Training for Runners (Top 19 Workout Exercises).

REST DAY

For progress, in addition to diversity, rest is also important. Don’t neglect your rest days, no matter how good you feel.

Tip

Adequate recovery is just as important as training. More training does not mean faster progress but, on the contrary, a greater risk of injury and overtraining.

5K training plan for advanced runners (PDF)


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Matea Matošević

Hi, I’m Matea! I’m an Olympic Marathon Runner, founder, and writer behind OLYRUN.com. On this site, I provide help in the form of my knowledge and experience to all who love running and active living. Read more…