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10K Training Plan - Level 2


Matt Fitzgerald

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12 Weeks

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Plan Description

The Cutting-Edge Runner 10K Training Plan, Level 2, is recommended for runners who want to complete a successful 10K race in 9 to 12 weeks and whose current fitness level allows them to run about 4 times per week, 30 to 40 minutes per run.

The first 3 weeks of the plan are optional, making it adjustable from 9 to 12 weeks. If you choose to do fewer than 12 weeks of the plan, it is hoped that your recent training has been similar to the first 1-3 weeks of this plan.

The workout schedule includes 4 runs per week, plus 2 optional strength workouts per week. It begins with a weekly total of 2 hours and 10 minutes of running and builds up to 3 hours and 27 minutes.

All of the running workouts are based on the Cutting-Edge Runner Pace Zone Index (PZI), which allows you to do every step of every workout at precisely the right effort level for you. Learn more about the PZI system here: The PZI table that you will use to determine your zones based on a race race or time-trial performance is attached to the first workout in the plan itself.

Key workouts in this plan include the following:

Foundation Runs: Steady runs of 0:30 to 0:55 done mainly at Moderate Aerobic pace (Pace Zone 3)

Foundation Runs + Strides: Foundation Runs followed by 4-6 30-second bursts at Speed pace (Pace Zone 10)

Long Runs: Steady runs of 1:00 to 1:15 done mainly at Moderate Aerobic pace

Fartlek Runs: Foundation-type runs including 30-second bursts at VO2max pace (Pace Zone 8)

Cruise Intervals: Runs featuring a couple of longer intervals run at Threshold pace (Pace Zone 6)

Tempo Runs: Runs featuring a sustained segment of Threshold pace running sandwiched between a warm-up and cool-down

Weeks 4, 7, and 10 of the plan are recovery weeks. Training is slightly reduced in these weeks to afford an opportunity to absorb recent training and prepare for more challenging training to follow. Week 12 – race week – is a taper week, meaning training tapers down during the week to ensure you’re rested and ready to perform on race day.

Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Run x4
2:47 hrs 1:19 hrs
Day Off x3
—— ——
Strength x2
0:38 hrs 0:19 hrs
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
2:47 hrs 1:19 hrs
Day Off
—— ——
0:38 hrs 0:19 hrs

Training Load By Week

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