Sub 60 Minute 10k

Target Race Pace 9:39 per mile / 5:58 per km for a Sub 60 minute 10k

Running a sub 60 minute 10k is a great achievement for many runners. The prospect of stopping the watch in under an hour can serve as a great motivating factor if you are fairly new to running or are looking to get fit and lose weight.

Successfully running a sub 60 minute 10k means you will need to be capable of running at a sustained pace of 09:39 for each of the 6.1miles/ 5:58 per km.

Your Speed/Distance Training Zones: Sub 60 minute 5k

Pace per MileTreadmill Pace400m /800m Splits1km Pace5km Race Pace
09:396.2 mph / 10 kmh2:23 / 4:465:5829:49
*for speed/distance conversation allow for a small amount of rounding up/ down.

Like all of our training plans, the sub 60 minute 10k training plan will require you to train at a slightly faster pace than this for short durations so before starting please ensure that you are able to run at your target race pace for at least 1km or preferably a mile.

Sub 60 minute 10k Training Plan

145mins easy30mins easyRest/ cross-train3 x 2km
@9:39 p/m (5:58 p/km) 2 min Rec
Rest/ cross-train45mins easyLong run, gentle pace: 60-75 mins
2Rest/ cross-train3 mile tempo
Quicker than 10k race pace
+1 mile warm up and down
30mins easy5k Paced RunRest/ cross-train5 x 1km
@9:39 p/m (5:58 p/km) 90s Rec
45mins easy
330mins easyRest/ cross-trainRest/ cross-train5 x 800m
@9:39 p/m (4:46 p/km) 90s Rec
Rest/ cross-train45mins easyLong run, gentle pace: 60-75 mins
4 (recovery week)Rest/ cross-train3 mile tempo
Quicker than 10k race pace
+1 mile warm up and down
Rest/ cross-trainRest/ cross-train30mins easyRest/ cross-trainRest/ cross-train
*for speed/distance conversation allow for a small amount of rounding up/ down.

Time commitment: You will need to commit roughly 10-12 hours of training per week over the course of the sub 60 minute 10k training plan in addition to any time spent cross training.

Breakthrough Sessions – Sub 60 minute 10k: These sessions are meant to be challenging intense efforts, treat them as mini-milestones towards your target:

  • 800m Reps – should be reps at 9:39 p/m pace (4:46 per 800m) with a 90sec jogged recovery.
  • 1km Intervals – hit 9:39 p/m pace (5:58 per km) with a 90sec jogged recovery.
  • 2km Intervals – hit 9:39 p/m pace (11:56 per 2km) with a 2min jogged recovery.
  • 5km Time Effort – run a 5k race/training run at your maximum, try and aim for a sub 29:49.

Breakeven Sessions – Sub 60 minute 10kThese sessions are used for maintaining fitness & recovery. Preparing you for breakthrough sessions.

  • Easy Run – this should be no quicker than 10:20 p/m.
  • Long Run – this doesn’t need to be any longer than 60-75 minutes.

The sub 60 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 sub 60 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.

3 Responses

  1. Rolands says:

    I think there is a mistake on Thursday, 3rd week – shouldn’t it be ~ 6 minutes per km? Also below in a description at “800m Reps”?!

  2. Steve says:

    I love how you set up your 4 week cycles. My thoughts are wether these programmes carry over to off road trail/fell running as that is 90% of events in my area. I appreciate split times will be a lot harder to achieve due to elevation etc.

    • Matt says:

      Hi Steve, in terms of the approach to the training cycle then I think they do carry over, i.e., having the intense interval type sessions mixed with the base/ recovery sessions. The difficulty is as you suggest, with factoring in the required paces per mile. This is much easier on the road as there are probably less hills and things to run and jump over than when fell running!

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