Book trains even nonrunners to complete a 5K

Jul 30 2013 - 9:40am

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WASHINGTON -- In three months, you could run a 5K even if you have never run in your life.

If you are otherwise healthy, 12 weeks of training is all you need in order to make that 5K not just doable but enjoyable, says Bill Pierce, co-author of "Run Less Run Faster" (Rodale, 2007) and a longtime marathoner.

"A big part of my philosophy is to be prepared, to enjoy it and to have a good experience on race day," Pierce says.

The number of people completing road races has been steadily rising over the past couple of decades, according to Running USA, and people who run 5Ks made up close to 38 percent (or 5.2 million) of race runners in 2011.

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