10 km Training Guide (Beginner – 8 Weeks)
This training guide will get you running 10 km in 8 weeks, one step at a time.
If you feel pretty comfortable running 5 km and want challenge yourself to run further, this training program is for you. Over 8 weeks, you’ll build the endurance you need to complete 10 km feeling strong.
Remember that everyone is different, and your base level of fitness may vary. This training guide is just that – a guide – so listen to your body, and feel free to adjust your plan a little to make it work for you.
If you are still new to running and the first few weeks of this plan feel a little challenging, consider completing the 5 km raining plan first to give yourself a strong base to work from.
You don’t need to go too hard, too soon – that’s what demotivates people and puts you at risk of injury. Build your way into it. Here is an explanation of the terms used in this training guide:
Stretch + strengthen: This guide includes stretching and strength training on Mondays, following your long run on Sundays. Strength training could include bodyweight exercises like push-ups, chin ups or dips, or light weights with high reps at your local gym. This guide also recommends strength training following your Thursday session.
Rest: Rest days are an important part of your training. They give you an opportunity for your body to recover and your muscles to build in strength. Don’t be tempted to skip your recovery days – giving your body a rest will lead to better results in the long run.
Run: It sounds simple enough, but if you’re new to running it might not be so straightforward. How fast should you run? Do you speed up the longer you run? The trick is not to worry about speed. Just take one step, then the next, and you’re running. In general, try to run at a pace that allows you to comfortably hold a conversation. Find a pace that allows you to finish the distance of the session, or as close to it as you can.
Cross-training: On cross-training days, complete your choice of workout – like biking, swimming, walking or a group fitness class at the gym. The variety will help your overall conditioning and allow you to stay active, while having a break from running.
Long runs: The longest runs of this 8 week guide are planned for Sundays, but if Saturday works better for your schedule you can swap. Long runs are designed to be taken slow and to build your endurance, both aerobic and muscular.
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