Level 1 10k Plan, 12 weeks

Average Weekly Training Hours 04:49
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 04:49
Training Load By Week

This 12-week 10K plan is a low to moderate volume plan. It assumes you are able to run/walk 4 miles continuously when beginning the plan. On most weeks there are 4 runs per week, plus two days of crosstraining. Monday is the rest day, and Tuesday is designed as a track workout day. Long runs are on Sundays; the longest run on the plan is 7 miles.

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
Heart Rate Zone Testing, or timed 1 mile

Dynamic w/u
Drills
10 minutes building pace
Time trial: This is a 30 minute time trial, as fast a pace as you can hold for the entire 30 minutes. Ten minutes into the time trial, you will hit your lap button. At the end of the thirty minutes you record your average heart rate for the second lap (last 20 minutes), and your average pace (if you have a GPS) for the entire run.
If you don't have a heart rate monitor, just keep track of your total distance completed to compare to future time trials (count your laps around the track.

Sample Day 3
0:30:00
Crosstrain, or optional rest day

Endurance Swim or Bike, easy! Or take a rest day if you need to.

Sample Day 4
0:30:00
2.5mi
Easy Run, plus hill sprints

Run in zones 1-2 for 20 minutes
2 x 8 second hill sprints (100% effort) up a steep, 8% grade hill. Recover completely between reps.
zones 1-2 for remainder of time

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
Crosstrain

Saturdays are crosstraining for you triathletes. Go for a bike ride (feel free to ride longer), or if you are primarily a runner, put in some easy miles.

Sample Day 7
0:49:59
4mi
Long Run

Choose a rolling corse but keep it easy.

Sample Day 9
0:45:00
4mi
Anaerobic Hill Reps

Warm up at least 20 min.
Include 6 x 1 min. very hard (3k effort, zone 5a) up a gradual incline (4%). Jog/walk recover back down the hill.

Sample Day 10
0:45:00
Crosstrain

Endurance Swim or Bike