Re: Re: training for the 5k

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Depending on how long you have been doing six runs per week at 35-40 miles you might have enough of a base for a 5K.

You have about four months of good training time until your race – correct?

Does the 5K course have hills?  If so then you'll need a good deal of hill training.

Form drills like strides help improve your leg turnover ratio.  Intervals are good but they shouldn't be your only speed training.  I know most people feel 800's are overrated but they really helped me improve and nail down a good half marathon.

I would mix in form drills and a small amount of hill work along with the intervals.  Also, fartlek (speed play) is something I like to use near the end of a run when I am good and tired – it helps build mental toughness as well as knowing what it feels like to push when the legs are spent.