Run/Walk Training

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For Ages 16 and Up

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Do you want to participate in a 5K or 10K walk or run, but you’re not sure how to take that first step? The Y is here for you! Finishing a 5K or 10K for the first time or after a long hiatus can seem like a daunting task. That is where our YMCA of Austin’s Zero-to-10K Training Program can help. This program helps you prepare for race day in a knowledgeable and encouraging environment with others who are at a similar level of fitness as you.

Run/Walk Training Information

Workout plans are developed to accommodate group training sessions held a few times a week and additional plans for the rest of the week are provided. Trained and dedicated coaches provide guidance on hydration, training routine, form, and overcoming mental and physical barriers. Coaches then act as pacesetters for their group on race day. Your coaches will help you achieve race goals from start to finish line. Weekly training sessions are held at your nearest branch.

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“Run/walk training helped me run my first 5K! I learned that it’s OK to take a walking break while I train, and that it’s not “cheating” to do so. Rather, it helps me build my endurance. Now I’m ready to start training for a 10K!”

– Patrick F.