|WEEK||RUN #1||RUN #2||OPTIONAL SESSION||RUN #3
|Run 16 minutes, walk 1-3 minutes (repeat)||Run 25 minutes||Cross train 30 minutes||6km continuous
|Cross training can be on a bike, walk, swim, whatever you like really. It could also be a class like yoga or stretching and core work.|
|Run 20 minutes, walk 1-3 minutes (repeat)||Run 40 minutes||
Cross train30 minutes
8km continuousRPE 6
|Easy does it, ease into all of your sessions. Remember, if you need to walk, do so. Recover and start jogging again at a pace that suits you.|
|Run 24 minutes, walk 1-3 minutes (repeat)||
Cross train30 minutes
9km continuousRPE 6
|You’re half way there! Awesome work.|
|Run 26 minutes, walk 1-3 minutes (repeat)||Run 50 minutes||Cross train 30 minutes||
10km continuousRPE 6
|Well done. No matter how fast you’ve gone, 10km is a great achievement.|
|Run 15 minutes, walk 1-2 minutes (repeat x3)||Run 40 minutes||REST
Try to beat your last 6km run
|Why not treat those hard working muscles to a massage, you deserve it.|
|Run 20 minutes, walk 1 minutes (repeat)||Run 30 minutes||REST Friday and Saturday before the run.||RACE DAY
|Race week! Well done on making it to the start line. If you need to walk some parts then that it’s okay to do so, it’s about enjoying it and having fun.|
I have designed this program so that training doesn’t have to be done on any specific day. Just fit your training in when you can rather than on specific days. The program is a general one, that is targeted for endurance and being able to build up to 10km.
During any of the training sessions, if you need to walk, then please do so. Everyone is different and unique. It’s about having fun and improving your fitness. Keep it simple and just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Take the time to warm up your muscles and joints, especially now it’s cooler. This will help minimize injury. Start with a walk, to brisk walk and ease into a light jog for a good 5 minutes. If you’re an asthmatic take longer period to warm up, especially in the cold.
Cool down after your runs and stretch. Ease back to a light jog, to a walk for a good 5 minutes and then stretch. Remember your quads, hamstrings, calf muscles, glutes and hip flexors. Practicing good warm up, cool downs and stretching techniques will help aid your recovery and minimize soreness, fatigue and injury.
Rate of Perceived Exertion (RPE)
You will notice some of the runs will have a RPE, meaning “Rate of Perceived Exertion”. It is a scale to rate intensity for your training with 1 being the easiest and 10 being the hardest. Use this as an indication for how hard your session should be.
Only do this session if you’re not fatigued from the week and want to do a little more. All times are approximates for cross training, so if you’d like to do a 45 min yoga class, go for it. The idea is active recovery and NOT to get your heart rate up high.
There are many purposes and benefits to your long run no matter what distance you’re training for. It helps your muscles and joints to adapt to longer distances, increases your endurance and strengthens your cardiovascular system. Long runs help you become a more efficient runner and are key to any running program. This run is your most important run of the week. If you have to miss a run during one week, then pick this one last.
Long runs should be done at a consistent pace. It’s not an all-out effort, but rather a slow easy-medium effort. You should be able to talk during your long run. You can’t sing, but you can talk!
Rest days are equally as important as training days. It allows your muscles to rebuild, recover and refresh. This means you will be able to train harder is your sessions.
Take a rest day after your long run every week, give those muscles and joints time to recover. If you’re still sore after a day, then take 2 days off. A rest day before (unless it’s a cross training session) and after your long run is preferable.
Listening to your body is imperative to the best preparation possible. We’re all different so do what you need to do for you. This means that if you’re not feeling well, then rest that day. Don’t push through sickness, you’re likely to get worse and need more time off.
Race Day Congratulations on making it to the starting line. Here are a few tips: