35 Minute 10k Training Plan


To consider following this 35 minute 10k plan you should already be able to run at a target race pace of 05:38 for at least a mile (3:30p/km) and/or have a PB under 40 minutes.

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

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

Please read before starting a training plan:
Frequently Asked Questions | Signs of Overtraining

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.

35 minute 10k Training Plan

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

35 Minute 10k Training Plan Components

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 07:40-08:10 p/mile pace.
  • 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.

Notes on the 35 Minute 10k Training Plan

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.

16 Responses

  1. Hisham says:

    I want run 10k in 35 minutes

  2. JDog says:

    I did this plan. Added in some extra miles and some good cross training. Went from 38min to 35min in 3 months. So happy. Great easy simple plan to follow. No excuses.

  3. Dave Kelly says:

    I am interested in this plan, however I notice that the plan calls for 10-12 hours of running specific activities in the text above the actual sessions. However the sessions appear to add up to probably only 4 hours per week. Also it would be a good idea to get an idea of the type of volume that might be needed to hit sub 35. I am 51 and have recently started back training after some achilles problems. Six months ago I was in 43 minute shape and with a number of 30-40 mile weeks am currently in 35:30 shape for 10k. My PR of 35:07 was achieved 6 years ago, I am confident with the right training I could improve upon that. I do a 5k time trial every week, my 5k this week was run at 5:30 per mile average. I note that the plan only calls for a 5K tempo. It doesn’t sound as if this is long enough to develop an improved lactic threshold

    • Anonymous says:

      I would do a similar program above when 10 km race fit 4-6 hours is plenty of running specific training as I consistently run 33-34 mins for 10km. The above is better than raw or junk miles for 10 hours.

  4. 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

    • Anonymous says:

      Thas. Because. U never. Run. Fast. In u. Life bro. I run. For. University of. Miami. 1987. My. Training. Was. Am. 5mile. At. 6 minute. Pace. 5. Day. A.week. pm. 1000 at. 2 58. 30×200. In 25 seg. 10×300 at. 37 seg. 40×400 at. 120. I can go on. And. On. My. Pr. 3 57. Mile. 339. 1500. 14 30. 5k. 31 07. 10k. 1 14. Half. 2hr. 36. Marathon. The points. Is. Training. Plans. Is. Only. A guide. When. U. R young. Any thing is. Easy. Try run. Interval. After. 40 year old. And u wil end up. In the. Hospital. Bro. Enjoy runnig when. U can. And b happy. What u get. 30. Minutes. 10k. Oh. 60 minute. 10k. B happy. Tha. U can run. And stay outthasofa

    • Orinigal-Ganjaman says:

      Right, it doesn’t make lot of sense, the 5k pace should be faster than race pace and intervals should be even faster.

  5. 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

  6. 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

    • chris le cat says:

      if anyone wants a specific program for any minute and second i.e. 37:40 just send me your email and I can sort it out for you.

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