If you would like to know how to train effectively, without accumulating unnecessary miles, choose a training plan.



FREE 10K Training Plan for Beginners (with PDF)


This 10K training plan is intended for beginners who want to run their first 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). In this article, you can also download a PDF 10K training plan for beginners for FREE.

In order to be able to follow this training plan, you need to be able to run for 30 minutes continuously, without stopping.

The training plan includes 8 weeks of training, with 3 training sessions per week. For better clarity, it is divided into three phases:

  • 1-2 – Introductory – preparation for more intensive workouts
  • 3-6 – Specific – intensive and specific workouts
  • 7-8 – Taper – lower-volume training before the race

The fourth week is easier and serves to recover and adapt your body to stress.

training plan - OLYRUN

Train smarter, run faster!

Take your running to the next level with a training plan designed for everyone who wants to train as efficiently as possible.

If this 10K training plan seems too easy for you, click here for a training plan for intermediate runners.

10K training plan for beginners

Every runner is an individual for themself and each of us knows our body best. Therefore, adjust the training plan to your capabilities. If you feel tired, rest that day. However, don’t let a lack of discipline and motivation stop you from sticking to the plan and achieving your goal.

Example

You can run easy runs on Saturday instead of Sunday. It is only important to make sure that you have at least 1 day of rest between two training sessions.

Below is an 8-week 10K training plan for beginners (in miles).

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
WEEK 1RESTEASY RUN
2mi
RESTFARTLEK 30′
10′ + 15′ (2′-2′) + 5′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
2.5mi
WEEK 2RESTEASY RUN
2mi
RESTFARTLEK 30′
10′ + 15′ (2′-1′) + 5′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
4mi
WEEK 3RESTEASY RUN
2.5mi + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
3 x 1000m,  P 2′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
5mi
WEEK 4RESTEASY RUN
2mi
RESTFARTLEK 32′
10′ + 1′-2′-3′-3′-2′-1′ with 1′ of light jogging in between + 5′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
4mi
WEEK 5RESTEASY RUN
2.5mi + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
8 x 400m,  P 1′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
5mi
WEEK 6RESTEASY RUN
2.5mi + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
3 x 1000m,  P 2′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
5mi
WEEK 7RESTEASY RUN
2.5mi + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
6 x 500m, P 1′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
4mi
WEEK 8RESTRESTINTERVALS
3 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
2mi + 3 x 100m strides
RACE

Below is an 8-week 10K training plan for beginners (in kilometers).

MONTUEWEDTHUFRISATSUN
WEEK 1RESTEASY RUN
3 km
RESTFARTLEK 30′
10′ + 15′ (2′-2′) + 5′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
4 km
WEEK 2RESTEASY RUN
3 km
RESTFARTLEK 30′
10′ + 15′ (2′-1′) + 5′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
6 km
WEEK 3RESTEASY RUN
4 km + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
3 x 1000m,  P 2′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
8 km
WEEK 4RESTEASY RUN
3 km
RESTFARTLEK 32′
10′ + 1′-2′-3′-3′-2′-1′ with 1′ of light jogging in between + 5′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
6 km
WEEK 5RESTEASY RUN
4 km + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
8 x 400m,  P 1′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
8 km
WEEK 6RESTEASY RUN
4 km + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
3 x 1000m,  P 2′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
8 km
WEEK 7RESTEASY RUN
4 km + 3 x 100m strides
RESTINTERVALS
6 x 500m, P 1′
RESTRESTLONG RUN
6 km
WEEK 8RESTRESTINTERVALS
3 x 1000m, P 2′
RESTRESTEASY RUN
3 km + 3 x 100m strides
RACE

Download FREE 10K training plan for beginners

Structured 10K training plan for beginners

10K training plan for beginners includes a combination of different types of training: easy run, fartlek, intervals, and strength training.

EASY RUN

Goal: it serves as a warm-up before a particular workout, as a cooldown after training, or for recovery, as a separate workout

Warm-up: if you are doing an easy run as a separate workout, for warm-up do mobility exercises and dynamic stretches

Cooldown: if you are doing an easy run as a separate workout, for cooldown do static stretching exercises

Pace: run by feel at a light intensity, you should feel comfortable and relaxed while running

Tip

You can’t run too slow when you jog, just too fast. A common mistake runners make is running too fast on days when they should be doing low-intensity workouts.

FARTLEK

Goal: improves speed and endurance, makes it easier to overcome the changes in pace during the race

Warm-up: 10 minutes of light, continuous running, without stopping, moving on to the main part of training

Cooldown: 5 minutes of light jogging, static stretching exercises

Pace: run by feel, without tracking your pace. Listen to your body. The pace varies from slow running up to 70% of your maximum speed. Run fast sections at a faster but controlled pace, at about 70% of your maximum, and run slow sections at an easy pace to recover and prepare yourself for a faster section.

Example: FARTLEK 30′ = 10′ + 15′ (2′-2′) + 5′

  • 30′ – total duration of fartlek is 30 minutes
  • 10′ – 10 minutes of warm-up running at a light intensity
  • 15′ (2′-2′) – 15 minutes are the part in which you alternate between fast and slow sections, that is, 2 minutes of faster running followed by 2 minutes of slower running
  • 5′ – 5 minutes of very light jogging (cooldown)

Read more: What is Fartlek? (12 Creative Fartlek Training Examples)

INTERVALS

Goal: improve endurance and speed endurance, running economy, the body’s ability to break down lactic acid (increase the lactate threshold), and develop a sense of pace

Warm-up: 10 minutes of light jogging, mobility exercises and dynamic stretches, running drills – 2 x 40m (ankling and high knees), 3 x 60m strides

Cooldown: 5 minutes of very light jogging, static stretching exercises

Pace: run 400m and 500m intervals at a 5K race pace, and 1000m intervals at a 10K race pace

Example: INTERVALS 8 x 400m, P 1′

  • Warm up as directed. Rest. Then run a total of 8 intervals of 400m. After each interval, there is a break of 1 minute of standing still. After you finish the main part of the workout, continue jogging (cool down according to the instructions).

LONG RUN

Goal: improve endurance, builds your self-confidence and mental strength

Warm-up: mobility exercises and dynamic stretches

Cooldown: static stretching exercises

Pace: conversational pace, a pace at which you feel comfortable and are able to talk

Read more: What is Considered a Long Run? (5 Long Run Examples)

STRIDES

Strides are gradual accelerations over distances between 60 and 100 meters. In this training plan, you will do them after light jogging or as a part of the warm-up before interval training.

Goal: developing speed and improving your running technique

Pace: they are performed at a pace that ranges from very light to 90% of your maximum speed

Read more: What Are Running Strides And How To Do Them?

STRENGTH TRAINING

In addition to running, add strength training. By strengthening the entire body, you will reduce your risk of injury, improve strength and stability, correct muscle imbalances, and therefore become faster.

Do strength training at least twice a week on days that suit you best.

Research has shown that it is optimal to do strength training 2 to 3 times a week over the course of 8 to 12 weeks to improve the running capabilities of more advanced middle- and long-distance runners.

During the last two weeks of training (weeks 7 and 8), avoid strength training so that you are rested before the start of the race.

See strength training with all exercises in the article Strength Training for Runners (Top 19 Workout Exercises).

REST DAY

For progress, in addition to diversity, rest is also important. Don’t neglect your rest days, no matter how good you feel.

Tip

Adequate recovery is just as important as training. More training does not mean faster progress but, on the contrary, a greater risk of injury and overtraining.

10K training plan for beginners (PDF)


matea-matosevic-running

Matea Matošević

Hi, I’m Matea! I’m an Olympic Marathon Runner, founder, and writer behind OLYRUN.com. On this site, I provide help in the form of my knowledge and experience to all who love running and active living. Read more…