5K Training Plans

Extraordinary 5K race results are the outcome of comprehensive, systematic training. Run faster than you thought possible with the 4SPEED™ Method that maximizes your general endurance, lactate threshold, VO2max, and neuromuscular power through funnel periodization within 8 weeks.


“Funnel periodization – the preferred method of elite level athletes and coaches.”


Develop your general/high-end endurance
Elevate your lactate threshold/tolerance
Boost your aerobic capacity (VO2max)
Increase your neuromuscular power

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Funnel periodization – a modern training method pioneered by the Kenya-based elite running coach Renato Canova. It preconditions your speed and endurance early in the training cycle so that you can reach a higher VO2max and lactate threshold in the subsequent focus block and eventually run a faster race pace.

1. Foundation - This is the base + speed phase which is characterized by extreme polarization.

2. Pre-Competition - This is the fitness phase with a focus on VO2max and lactate threshold.

3. Race-Specific - This is the sharpening phase where your race-fitness is brought to a peak.

5K Beginner

8-week plan
3 running days/week
10 miles/week (16 km/week)

5K Intermediate

8-week plan
4 running days/week
20 miles/week (32 km/week)

5K Advanced

8-week plan
4 - 6 running days/week
30 miles/week (48 km/week)

5K Pre-Elite

8-week plan
5 - 7 running days/week
40 miles/week (64 km/week)
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