10K Training Plan: Beginner & Intermediate + 10K Nutrition Tips!

Are you on the hunt for the perfect 10K training plan?

Great, we have several plans to help you reach your goal.

First, though, let's talk a little about the 10K itself and we'll get to the 10K training plans that we offer at the bottom of the page.

10K Training Plan

Why Run a 10K?

The 10K Race is a popular 6.2 mile running race that attracts large amounts of runners.

The distance is attractive, the training isn't too intense, and it's a great way to get your foot in the door of long distance racing. 

There are many advantages to running a 10K including: 

  • Pretty much anyone can run a 10K whether they are a veteran runner or a couch potato with training plan.
  • Helps increase your fitness level in a fast and relatively short amount of time.
  • Does not require a large amount of time to train.
  • It allows the runner to have a great race experience without worrying about "hitting the wall" or  running out of gas.
  • It's a great way to meet new friends.
  • It's the perfect stepping stone to the half marathon and full marathon.
  • It is a very beneficial, fun, and easy way to support charities.
  • It is motivating for a marathon runner who is becoming burned out by all the long runs and mileage in their training while helping to  break up a marathon training plan.

Where to Run a 10K 

10K races are becoming increasingly popular and can be found in pretty much any hometown or city throughout the year. 

Running in these races can help to keep your running fresh and exciting especially if you love holiday races, racing for charity, or even doing family 10K runs.

Planning a getaway around a 10K race is also another great way to race. It is always fun traveling to a race and then getting to explore the area while running.

We all know that vacations can wreak havoc to our healthy intentions with all the new restaurants so incorporating a running race will help (somewhat!) in keeping our calories in check.

The largest 10K race in the United States is the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, Georgia. All runners covet one of the 60,000 available spots in this race which has been around since the late 1970's.

There are of course all those crazy, fun, themed runs from Zombies to Tough Mudders to Santa 10K's. Pretty much any holiday will cause an epidemic of dozens of 10K's and really, what's a better way to celebrate than by finishing a fun race and enjoying some great friends, food and sky-high endorphins?

10K World Records

Men's World Record Holder: Leonard Komon - 26:44 in 2010

Women's World Record Holder: Paula Radcliffe - 30:21 in 2003

10K Training Nutrition and Hydration

Running a 10K is not as nutritionally demanding as running a half or full marathon. However keeping a good nutritional balance will help you in completing your training runs and feeling good along the way. 

Here are some 10K nutrition guidelines:

  • Eat a snack high in protein within 30 minutes after completing a training run. This will help your muscles to recover faster. 
  • Limit your fats to polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats - olive oil, omega-3, nuts, etc.
  • Before a run, try and avoid fatty foods and foods high in fiber. These can place stress on your digestion system.
  • Carbo-loading is not needed in a 10K race or training program. 
  • Drink 8-10 8oz glasses of water every day.
  • Re-hydrate with water during your runs.
  • If your runs take longer than 1 hour you made need to supplement with an energy drink

Our 10K Training Plans

10K Training Plans for Beginners  

This includes: 

  • Easy 12 Week Beginner 10K Training 
  • 8 Week Beginner 10K Training

10K Training Plan for Beginner to Intermediate Runners 

This includes: 

  • One Month to the 10K Training 
  • 12 Week Intermediate 10K Training

Tell me about the craziest or best 10K race you have ever run.  I love hearing about what is out there and I know there are some crazy ones! 

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