5k training is a fun way to start running, lose weight, and feel great. It is also not as time consuming as marathon or half marathon training.
If you are new to running, then go ahead and get yourself a new pair of running shoes. I cannot stress enough the importance of having a comfortable pair of running shoes while training for a 5k or any other running event. They reduce the impact on your legs and joints while helping to avoid, or reduce, back pain. Visit your local running store to get fitted by experts. Having a good pair of running shoes will also make you feel like a runner which will give you added motivation during a 5k training program.
Below is a 5-week training schedule. If you are new to running, then the 5-week schedule is a safe program to get you started and prepare you for a fun 5k race.