This is a training plan designed for experienced runners who regularly compete in 10K and further races and want to improve on their times. For those of you looking to compete for the first time, it is advised to follow the alternative 10K plan.
This plan includes interval running as explained in the 5K plan as well as strength training which is previously explained in the above 10K link. An addition in this schedule is tempo runs. A tempo run is essentially split in to three different sections as you initially build up slowly until reaching near 'peak' race speed during the middle of your run before slowing back down for an easier finish. This is a continuous and gradual run where your fastest pace does not have to last for anymore than a few minutes.
Also introduced in this plan are those runs on Saturday which include 'pace'. 3 pace of a 6 mile run means 3 of those 6 miles should be ran at race pace, i.e quicker. This may be difficult to judge without sufficient technology which is where our TomTom watches can come in handy!
On Sundays, brackets are often used to illustrate how much of your run should be at race pace. A 3/1 run advises you to run the first 3/4's at a comfortable pace before picking it up for the final quarter to your race pace.
As always, this training plan is just a guide and can be changed to suit your routine, ability and needs.
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|1||3 m run + strength||30 min tempo run||6 x 400 mile pace||3 m run + strength||Rest or 3 m||5 m total, 2 pace||6 m run|
|2||3 m run + strength||40 min tempo run||7 x 400 mile pace||4 m run + strength||Rest or 3 m||5 m total, 2 pace||7 m run|
|3||3 m run + strength||50 min tempo run||8 x 400 mile pace||5 m run + strength||Rest or 3 m||5 m total, 3 pace||8 m run (3/1)|
|4||3 m run + strength||30 min tempo run||9 x 400 mile pace||3 m run + strength||Rest or 3 m||Rest||5K Race|
|5||3 m run + strength||50 min tempo run||10 x 400 mile pace||6 m run + strength||Rest or 3 m||6 m total, 3 pace||8 m run (3/1)|
|6||3 m run + strength||30 min tempo run||11 x 400 mile pace||3 m run + strength||Rest or 3 m||Rest||8K Race|
|7||3 m run + strength||60 min tempo run||12 x 400 mile pace||6 m run + strength||Rest or 3 m||6 m total, 3 pace||10 m run (3/1)|
|8||3 m run + strength||30 min tempo run||6 x 400 mile pace||3 m run||Rest or 1-3 m||Rest||10K Race|