Metro Health’s annual family fun run – the Metro Way 5K – is a great event for all ages and abilities. Our goal is to get people in our community up and active, so this event welcomes walkers, beginning runners, children and even stroller-pushing parents in addition to seasoned runners. Whether you’re trying to beat your personal best time, get your kids off the couch in the middle of summer or add a new challenge to your exercise program, the Metro Way 5K makes it fun!
A 5K is 3.1 miles – a good distance for beginners. If you’ve never done a 5K, you can prepare for it in just two months! Just use our 8-week Training Schedule for Beginners to get started, whether you plan to walk, run or do a combination of both. The training plan incorporates a mix of running, walking and resting. This combination helps reduce the risk of injury, stress and fatigue, while boosting your enjoyment of physical activity. Remember, you can run or walk slowly to help your body adjust to this 5K training schedule.
Under this 5K run schedule, even runners spend a portion of their training walking. For instance, during week one on run/walk days, a runner runs for 15 seconds and then walks for 45 seconds, repeating that cycle for 30 minutes. As the weeks progress, runners gradually increase the amount of time running and reduce the amount of time walking. If you’re strictly a walker, you always walk. On walk days, both runners and walkers walk. Rest from exercise three times a week, giving your muscles time to recover.