Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Shifting to 10k training

Now that Spring Marathon season is officially concluded (aside from the upcoming Twisted Ankle Trail marathon in May, which is more of a survival exercise rather than a road race), I am converging to pre-summer 5k/10k training. With summertime marathons being non-existent in the southern part of the country, 5k, 10k, and short-distance triathlons are the only races that are taking place down here.

To switch up my training regimen, I am changing over to an advanced 10k training plan that will also help me with 5k races as well. From researching the plans out there, I'm happy with the one I have finally adapted to meet the mileage goals I have for myself, along with the kinds of hard efforts I am looking for. All in all, I think this plan will help me PR in both 5k and 10k races this Summer.

Without further delay, I present to you....


Since I'm still recovering from the two marathons in the past 30 days, I'm going to start the new training routine on next Monday, March 29. I will make my first post-marathon run tomorrow morning (Thursday) and spend Fri-Sun getting loosened back up in preparation for Monday's first training run. With about 2 weeks before the season's first 10k, I won't be in top shape for speed, but I am pretty confident I can PR my 10k time still the same. We'll see though. We'll see.

Hang in there, everyone. Have a good run today for me, ok?


  1. I promise once the back is feeling better I'll have a good run for you.

    I am curious which 10K plan you adapted. Obviously I'm not advanced right now, but I have a couple of sites I use - Runner's World Training Coach being one of them - and am always looking for others that meet my schedule better.

  2. I've used the Runners World plans before, and I think the Smart Coach plans are fine, but I haven't been able to tweak the inputs enough to get it to provide me with a plan that incorporates enough miles and hard training efforts to make me feel like it is "working".

    The one I posted here is an adaptation that a Running Times author took from the Pete Pfitzinger 10k plans. They've been pretty successful, apparently, and I like the way this plan is shaping up. We'll see how it works, and I'll definitely post out what shakes down with it as I go along.


  3. Awesome. Hope it works for you!