TARGET RACE PACE 06:26 PER MILE / 04:00 PER KM FOR A 40 MINUTE 10K
The sub 40 minute 10k is a key benchmark for many runners. There’s an unwritten rule that say’s a sub 40 minute 10k means you have turned into rather a decent runner. Much like the sub 20min 5k, there is much kudos to be had by achieving this particular distance below such a nice round number.
Successfully running a 40 minute 10k means you will need to be capable of running at a sustained pace of 06:26 for each of the 6.1 miles. That is 4min per km.
Your Speed/Distance Training Zones: 40 minute 10k
|Pace per Mile||Treadmill Pace||400m / 800m Splits||1km Pace||5km Race Pace|
|06:26||9.3 mph/ 15 km/h||1:36 / 3:12||04:00 secs||20:00 min|
Like all of our training plans, the 40 minute 10k training plan will occasionally require you to run at a slightly faster pace than this for short durations 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 45 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.
40 minute 10k Training Plan
|Day||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3||4 (rec week)|
|Monday||45mins easy||Rest/ cross-train||30mins easy||Rest/ cross-train|
|Tuesday||30mins easy||Rest/ cross-train|
|Wednesday||Rest/ cross-train||30mins easy||Rest/ cross-train||Rest/ cross-train|
@6:26 p/m (4:00 p/km) 2 min Rec
Aim for : 20:00min
@6:26 p/m (4:00 p/km, 3:12 per 800m) 90s Rec
|Friday||Rest/ cross-train||Rest/ cross-train||Rest/ cross-train||45mins easy|
@6:26 p/m (4:00 p/km) 90s Rec
|45mins easy||Rest/ cross-train|
|Sunday||Long run, gentle pace: 60-75 mins||45mins easy||Long run, gentle pace: 60-75 mins||Rest/ cross-train|
Time commitment: You will need to commit roughly 3-4 hours of work a week over the course of the 40 minute 10k training plan in addition to any time spent cross training.
Breakeven Sessions – 40 minute 10k
These sessions are used for maintaining fitness & recovery. Preparing you for breakthrough sessions:
- Easy Run – this should be no quicker than 07:45 p/m.
- Long Run – this doesn’t need to be any longer than 75 minutes.
Breakthrough Sessions – 40 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 06:55 p/mile pace for 3 miles with a 1 mile warm up/down either side.
- 800m Reps – should be reps at 06:26 p/m pace (3:12 per 800m) with a 90sec jogged recovery.
- 1km Intervals – 06:26 p/m pace (4:00 per km) with a 90sec jogged recovery.
- 2km Intervals – 06:26 p/m pace (4:00 per km) with a 2min jogged recovery.
- 5km Time Effort – run a 5k race/training run at your maximum, try and aim for a sub 20:00.
The 40 minute 10k plan has been put together so it 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. As you improve you’ll maybe want to incorporate some sessions from our other 10k training plans.
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. Introduce changes slowly and 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 40 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 follow any training plan and achieve the results you want.