• Tim Bradley, Director Of Training

Ask Coach Bradley: 5k Goal Setting

Whether you are part of our CARA training programs, working towards your next 5k PR, or a beginning runner CARA Training Director Tim Bradley is here to answer your training questions!


Q: Depending on the day, I'm around a 24:00 minute 5k runner. What is realistic in terms of goal times to shoot for by the end of 2021?

A: For improvement in time, you normally would like to see a minimum a 1-3% improvement within the year. In this case, you would expect about a 14-second improvement as an absolute minimum and around a 43-45 second improvement if you hit the 3% mark.


However, if you are adding new elements to your training, such as speed work, more mileage, or strength training, you could shoot for closer to a 5-6% improvement.

Have a training question? E-mail us at training@cararuns.org.


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