56 Minute 10K Training Plan
Is This Program For You?
Before beginning this 56 minute 10K training plan, you should be sure that a 56 minute pace is a reasonable goal for you. You must maintain an 9:02 average pace per mile which is equal to a 5:36 per kilometer pace. If you have run a recent 10K that is in the 57 to 60 minute range, this is an achievable goal for you. If your current personal best is 60 to 63 minutes, this goal is possible, but will be very difficult. If your time is currently over 63 minutes, I would highly recommend setting a more easily achievable goal of about 1 to 5 minutes faster than your current time. Once you meet that goal, you can keep advancing toward a 56 minute 10K.
This program assumes that you are in good running condition and are prepared to undertake strenuous 10K training. Most runners that are at this level maintain a high level of fitness on a year round basis. They will take time off for recovery during the year, but are never far from their base of fitness and never far from race shape. If you have not been running for a long period of time, you will need to rebuild a base of fitness before starting a 10K training program.
If you are like most competitive runners, you are never far from race shape. Barring injury or illness, the typical competitive runner trains year round with some planned time off for recovery. A period of rest is a critical part of your training year. You will always have short periods of recovery following a race. The longer the race, the longer that immediate recovery period will be. Most runners will recover for 2 to 5 days following a 5K or 10K race and for 2 weeks or more following a marathon. In addition to the short periods of race recovery, it is a good idea to plan a recovery period of 2 to 4 weeks after your race season in order to restore the strength of both your body and your spirit, so that you are mentally and physically fresh and ready to run for the following race season.
It is after that planned period of rest, that you will want to rebuild and improve upon your base of endurance and strength that will support your training for the coming year.
This is a 10 week program that will prepare you to finish your 10K race in your goal time. This program assumes you are currently able run at least 4 miles without distress. If you are unable to run 4 miles you should gradually build up to that level before beginning this program.
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56 Minute 10K