How Far is an 8K Race?

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"How many miles is an 8K race?"

A 8K run is 8 kilometers long, which is the equivalent of 4.97 miles. The 8K or 5 mile distance is a popular one for road races. If you've recently started running, an 8K race is a good introduction to road racing, although most new runners like to start with a 5K (3.1 miles) as their first road race. Although 8K races are not as common as some other race distances (such as 5Ks and 10Ks), you may be able to find some local ones.

An 8-K race (or 5-mile race) is a good next step after you've successfully completed a 5K race.

8K Training Schedules

If you've found a local 8K or 5-mile race and you're interested in running it, here are some free 8K training programs:

8-Week 8K or 5 Mile Training Schedule for Beginners: This eight-week training schedule is designed for beginner runners who want to get to the finish line of an 8K or 5-mile race. It assumes that you can already run at least one mile.

8-Week 8K or 5 Mile Training Schedule for Advanced Beginners: This eight-week schedule is designed for runners who are a little beyond the total beginner stage and can run up to 2 miles at once. It's good for those who may have never run an 8K or 5-mile race before, but are looking for a schedule that's a little more challenging than the 8K Beginner Schedule.

6-Week 8K or 5 Mile Intermediate Training Schedule: This six-week 8K training program is designed for intermediate runners who want to train for an 8K race.

This schedule also works for any intermediate runners training for a 5-mile race. The program assumes that you can already run at least 4 miles.

4-Week 8K or 5 Mile Intermediate Training Schedule: This four-week 8K training program is designed for intermediate runners who want to build up to running an 8K or 5-mile race.

The program assumes that you can already run the race distance, but you're looking to sharpen your speed and racing skills before the race.

6-Week 8K or 5 Mile Advanced Training Schedule: This six-week 8K training program is designed for advanced runners who want to run a successful 8K race. This schedule also works for any advanced runners training for a 5-mile race. The program assumes that you can already run at least 6 miles.

Other Race Distances: How Far is 1500 Meters? l How Far is a 5K? l How Far is a 10K? l How Far is a Half Marathon? l How Far is a Marathon?

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