Thinking of training for a 10K race? This plan is perfect for you if you’ve already mastered a 5K race and you’re a “sometimes” runner who is able to do at least three miles without stopping a couple of days a week, most weeks. The goal for this 10K training plan, which was developed by developed by running coach Paula Harkin, co-owner of Portland Running Company in Oregon, will be to increase your endurance, run for an hour straight, and tackle a 10K by the end of 6 weeks.
The 10K training plan: This program incorporates a combo of tempo (effort of 7 or 8 on a scale of 1 to 10), and longer runs (effort of 5 or 6 ) to build endurance. “Combining these workouts will help you get faster while also making sure you can cover the distance,” says Harkin. Do a combination of running and cross-training on alternate days. As the weeks pass, alternate between building up the speed bursts and balancing out the recovery time. Focus on covering the distance, not your pace. Kick off with an easy 2 to 3 mile run. Over 6 weeks, try to work up to running 6 miles.
Participating in a race, especially a 10K race, can be a challenge for any runner and avoiding a sports injury is crucial. The proper preparation and training for any marathon race can determine the runner’s performance. There’s a few steps to take to ensure the athlete is ready for the event. For more information, please feel free to ask Dr. Jimenez or contact us at (915) 850-0900.