35 Minute 10k Training Plan

TARGET RACE PACE 05:38 PER MILE / 03:30 PER KM FOR A 35 MINUTE 10K

Successfully running a 35 minute 10k means you will need to be capable of running at a sustained pace of 5min 38secs for each of the 6.1 miles. That is 3min 30secs per km.


Your Speed/Distance Training Zones: 35 minute 10k

Pace per MileTreadmill Pace400m / 800m Splits1km Pace5km Race Pace
05:3810.6 mph/ 17.1 km/h1:24 / 2:4803:30 secs17:30 min
*for speed/distance conversation allow for a small amount of rounding up/ down.

Like all of our training plans, the 35 minute 10k training plan will occassionally require you to run at a slightly faster pace than this for a short duration so before starting ensure that you are able to run at your target race pace for at least 1km or preferably a mile.

If you are not quite there yet then take a look at the 40 minute 10k training plan  first and then come back to this one once you are in a position to run at this pace for a km.

Other 10k training plans: Sub 60 min 10k training plan|| 55 minute 10k || 50 minute 10k || 45 minute 10k || 40 minute 10k || 35 minute 10k

35 minute 10k Training Plan

Time commitment: You will need to commit roughly 10-12 hours of work a week over the course of the 35 minute 10k training plan in addition to any time spent cross training.
DayWeek 1Week 2Week 34 (Rec week)
Monday45mins easyRest/ cross-train30mins easyRest/ cross-train
Tuesday30mins easy3 mile tempoRest/ cross-train3 mile tempo
WednesdayRest/ cross-train30mins easyRest/ cross-trainRest/ cross-train
Thursday3 x 2km5k Paced Run
Aim for: 17:30 min
5 x 800m30mins easy
FridayRest/ cross-trainRest/ cross-trainRest/ cross-train45mins easy
Saturday45mins easy5 x 1km
45mins easyRest/ cross-train
SundayLong run45mins easyLong runRest/ cross-train

Breakeven Sessions – 35 minute 10k

These sessions are used for maintaining fitness & recovery. Preparing you for breakthrough sessions:

  • Easy Run – try and keep it to somewhere in the region of 07:00 p/m.
  • Long Run – this doesn’t need to be any longer than 75 minutes at a gentle pace.

Breakthrough Sessions – 35 minute 10k

These sessions are meant to be challenging intense efforts, treat them as mini-milestones towards your target:

  • Tempo Run – hard but sustainable effort, usually about 30 mins in total and aim for 06:10 p/mile pace for 3 miles with a 1 mile warm up/down either side.
  • 800m Reps – should be reps at 05:38 p/m or 3:30 p/km pace (2:48 per 800m) with a 90sec jogged recovery. 
  • 1km Intervals – 05:38 p/m pace (3:30 per km) with a 90 sec jogged recovery. 
  • 2km Intervals – 05:38 p/m pace (3:30 per km) with a 2 min jogged recovery.
  • 3 Mile Tempo – Aim for quicker than 05:38 per mile +1 mile warm up and down at slower pace to suit.
  • 5km Time Effort – run a 5k race/training run at your maximum, try and aim for a sub 17:30.

The 35 minute 10k plan is cyclical and can be used over a period of weeks until you feel you are ready for your 10k event. At the end of each cycle you can repeat from the beginning or tweak the plan to suit your current ability and time commitments, etc. 

If, after a couple of rotations you want to make the plan harder, you could slowly increase the number of reps for the breakthrough speed sessions. If you make changes then be sure to introduce them slowly over a few weeks, i.e., Week 1 = 3x2km Reps, Week 5 = 4x2km Reps, Week 8 = 5x2km reps, etc. Obviously there is only so far you can go with this, there would be no point in extending these way beyond the 10k distance. The other way of making the plan harder is to adjust the pace slightly and run faster!

It is recommended that after three months of using the 35 minute 10k plan that you reduce your training for a period of one to two weeks to allow your body time to recover from the impact of running. This should mean more time cross-training with a couple of nice easy runs every few days to keep the legs ticking over.

To realise improvements it’s worth remembering that training is cumulative and it takes time and dedication to get the best out of a training plan and achieve the results you want.

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  1. Luis Silvestre says:

    Tempo run faster than race pace?? 5k in 17:30 and two days later 5x1k @ 3:30 with 1:30 rest?? Doesn’t make any sense

  2. Achilles says:

    Good morning to adapt to sub 32 10k so change the pace or have to add another workout? Thanks a lot for the help

  3. stubs says:

    Hi Matt, looks like a great program. If I was adjusting the program for a 37.5min 10km (aiming for a sub 40 min 10km off the bike leg) would I just alter the pacing and leave the rest periods the same? Cheers