Improver 10k Training Plan + PDF: How To Run Your Fastest 10k

Looking to challenge yourself, or perhaps wondering how to beat your 10k personal best?

Then this Improver 10k Training Plan is for you!

As well as getting the required miles in, the program features 1-2 days of speed work each week in order for your to improve your running economy and base running speed.

The 10k training schedule also includes optional (but recommended) cross training days to further help boost your performance to the max.

Note: this plan assumes you are continuously running each training run.

Keep scrolling to access the plan for free in PDF, customizable Google Sheets, or Printable format – available in both miles or kilometers.

How To Beat Your 10k Personal Best: Training Plan Breakdown

Who is it for?: 

Established runners who have run 5k’s or 10k’s before, and who are looking to ramp up their performance and run a new 10k personal best.

This could be intermediate or advanced runners.

If you’re new to running, check out my Couch To 10k Plans.

How Long?: 

8 weeks.

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How Many Days Per Week?:

The Improver 10k Training Schedule features 5 days of training per week; 4 days of running and 1 day of cross training.

Starting Ability

This plan is for established runners; you should be able to continuously run the distances in the plan.  

Speed Work – Intervals, Hilly Runs, Fartleks

This Ramp Up 10k Training Plan includes two days per week of speed work; this will be your secret sauce in improving your baseline speed and running economy.

Intervals are runs where you alternate between running fast (at a near unsustainable pace) then a slow jog. So for example, in week 1 of this plan, you should warm up with some jogging, then run 400m fast, followed by 400m slow.  Then repeat this, so you’ve completed two sets.

For Hilly Runs, try and find a route which has a few ups and downs; try and power through the climbs, and mix up your pace a little.

Fartleks are like free-form intervals; you simply decide how far and when to run fast and slow. Sprint to the tree, jog to the corner, then take off again!

Related: What’s a Good 10k Time? Average 10k Times

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Cross Training

Each week includes a cross training day; although these aren’t mandatory, I highly recommend them.


Studies have proven that cross training improves your cardiovascular health and strengthens some of the muscles weakened through running.

Recommended cross-training exercises include body weight exercises, light gym work, swimming, yoga, pilates, and cycling!

Long Runs

You should be factoring in one long, slow run every weekend.  These runs are all about increasing your endurance gradually. Remember to take it easy during them!

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