Novice 5K/10K Group

Coaches: Noelle Banuelos and Rocio Parra

We are so proud and excited to announce our newest training group, the Novice 5K/10K Group. As the name states, this is a 5K/10K group designed to help the novice runner, Pre-Conditioners graduate, or curious Walkers who wants to set and achieve the goal of running a 5K and/or 10K race, or simply conquer the distance. We offer support, gradual interval increases, tons of motivation, and we don’t leave anyone behind. We hope to help you build up your miles, your pace, and your confidence, and we hope to see you move up to the Bridge to Half group or even the Half Marathon group one day soon. We hope you give our group a try.



5K/10K Group -Winter Schedule


Main Workout
week 1 3 miles
week 2 4 miles
week 3 5 miles
week 4 5 miles
week 5 4 miles
week 6 Virtual 5K
week 7 6 miles
week 8 7 miles
week 9 6 miles
week 10 7 miles
week 11 5 miles
week 12 Virtual 10K


Sunday: Rest (or walk/hike)
Monday: 3 miles
Tuesday: Rest or Cross Train
Wednesday: 3 miles with or without hills.
Thursday: Cross Train
Friday: Rest

What to Bring
As with any Pacer program or run, all you need is a water bottle and some comfortable running shoes. We also recommend a sports watch or phone with a run tracker app (some Pacers use Strava or Garmin), but it is by no means required.

Helpful Advice
In order to get the most out of your training, we have these recommendations to keep you motivated and enjoying your workouts:

  • Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
  • Always run at your own pace. A benefit of running with a training group like the Pacers is that there’s probably someone else running at your pace so you’ll have company to help keep you going.
  • If you feel any pain while running, stop immediately and let your coach/team doctor know.
  • Set goals for yourself and track your progress. For example, signing up for a 5K race after the program’s competition can help keep you motivated.
  • Find a partner for your workouts. One of your fellow Pacers might be the perfect candidate. You’ll keep one another motivated and take your mind off the hard work!
  • Midweek cross training helps balance your training by engaging different muscles. These workouts can take the form of just about anything; yoga, biking, weight training, and walking are all great.
  • Stretch after your workout when your muscles are warm to help your body recover.