Running your first 10k
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 this schedule seems too easy to you, try the advanced beginner 10K schedule .
If you haven’t had a recent physical, visit your doctor to get cleared for running.
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.
If most of your runs are on the road, and you’re not sure how far you run, you can figure out the mileage by using sites such as MapMyRun.com. Or, you can always drive your route in your car and measure the mileage using your car odometer beforehand.
Wednesdays: Do a cross-training (CT) activity (biking, swimming, elliptical trainer) at easy to moderate effort for 30 to 40 minutes. 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 (EZ), comfortable pace, which helps loosen up your muscles. Or, you can do a run/walk combination.
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