Beginner Runners 10K Training Schedule

Train to Run Your First 10K

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The 10K (6.2 miles) distance is very popular with beginner runners, especially those who have done a 5K race, but don't feel they're quite ready to take on the half-marathon.

Below is an eight-week training schedule to help get you to the finish line. It assumes that you can already run at least 2 miles.

If you've never run before, follow this step-by-step plan for building a running base. If you're looking for a run/walk program, try this run/walk 10K training schedule.

If this schedule seems too easy to you, try the advanced beginner 10K schedule .

If you haven't had a physical recently, visit your health care professional to get cleared for running. Don't forget to warm up before your runs, and finish your runs with a cool down and then stretching.

Notes about the schedule:

Mondays and Fridays: Mondays and Fridays are rest days. Rest is critical to your recovery and injury prevention efforts, so don't ignore rest days. Your muscles actually build and repair themselves during your rest days. So if you run every day without taking days off, you won't see much improvement. It's also good to sometimes get a mental break from running. If you run every day, you may get burnt out or injured very quickly.

Tuesdays and Thursdays: Run at a comfortable, conversational pace for the designated mileage. You should be able to speak and breath easily at this pace. If your breathing gets out of control, you should slow your pace or take a walk break.

If you feel good during the last mile, pick up the pace a little so you're running at your anticipated 10K race pace.

Saturdays: This is your long run day. After you warm up, run at a comfortable, conversational pace for the designated mileage.

If you're running outside, and you're not sure how far you're running, you can figure out the mileage by using sites such as, a running app such as RunKeeper, or a GPS watch.


Wednesdays: Do a cross-training (CT) activity (biking, swimming, elliptical trainer) at easy to moderate effort for 30 to 40 minutes. Strength-training is also very beneficial to get stronger and more injury-resistant. If you're feeling very sluggish or sore, take a rest day.

Sundays: This is an active recovery day. Your run should be at an easy, comfortable pace, which helps loosen up your muscles. Or, you can do a run/walk combination for the indicated amount of time or cross-train.

You can switch days to accommodate your schedule. So if you're busy on another day and prefer to workout on a Monday or Friday, it's fine to swap a rest day for a run day.

Beginner Runners' 10K Training Schedule

1Rest1.5 m runCT or Rest1.5 m runRest2 m run25-30 min run or CT
2Rest2 m runCT or Rest2 m runRest2.5 m run25-30 min run or CT
3Rest2.5 m runCT or Rest2 m runRest3.5 m run30-35 min run or CT
4Rest2.5 m runCT or Rest2 m runRest3.5 m run35 min run or CT
5Rest3 m runCT or Rest2.5 m runRest4 m run35-40 min run or CT
6Rest3 m runCT2.5 m runRest4.5 m run35-40 min run or CT
7Rest3.5 m runCT3 m runRest5 m run40 min run or CT
8Rest3 m runCT or Rest2 m runRestRest10K Race!

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