Summer Runner: Free Training Tools for a 5K

Posted on 07/22/2013

Tired of the lazy days of summer? Get active and fit by training and running a 5k! These free fitness tools will help you achieve your health goal in no time.

Registering for a free LogYourRun account grants you access to a catalog of free training programs, including more than 20 geared just for 5k prep. Program lengths vary from five to 20 weeks depending on your fitness level.
Weed out your couch potato friends and join a social network purely for active people. is a free resource for finding a community of people who will help encourage and inspire you toward achieving your running goals. Users have already shared more than 12 million workouts.

5k Runner
Go from your couch to the finish line with the free 5k Runner app. It's already helped 2.5 million people get in shape with routines that gradually help you build strength and stamina.

FIT Radio
Music can make all the difference when it comes to workouts. FIT Radio is the only fitness app that serves as your personal workout DJ giving you non-stop, high energy tunes to keep you amped. Download it for free at

Pace Calculator
Use what Outside Magazine calls the "best running calculator" at Enter a recent race time and then plug in your goal completion time. The free tool will calculate your paces so you know exactly how much time you need to shave off each mile.

If you can't hire a personal trainer, just download one. That's the idea behind RunKeeper, a free app that tracks workouts, offering free detailed stats and even notifying you when you hit a new personal best or certain milestones. Follow detailed plans that will lead you to your 5k goal.

By Alison Storm

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