Frostbite 10K Training Program

///Frostbite 10K Training Program

Frostbite 10K Training Program

I’m a runner without a plan.  For the past two months I’ve been heading outside (or eh-ehm to the treadmill when it was REALLY cold) to run 3 days a week with 3 to 6 miles in mind and running as long as I felt like it.  On my non running days, I’ve cross trained on the elliptical or with workout DVD’s.  I’ve been doing some leg and strength moves to try to gain some muscle.   Occasionally, I’ve been doing a yoga DVD.  I’ve even taken plenty of days off.  This little schedule has been going well for me… but it’s not the “plan” I need to get into shape for the Frostbite 10K.  I know I can run a 10K right now without a problem, but running it FAST is a whole other ballgame.  With 5 weeks left until the race, it’s time focus.


Treadmill, I know…

I promise I’ve done some “cold” weather runs outside.  

It’s just raining right now—boo!

So other than just running more, how do you get faster?  Good question….

I’ve been able to build strength and endurance and a little speed (emphasize little) over time by simply running more, but I know I can do more.  Everything I’ve read for years in running books, magazines and online says to run faster you have to incorporate speed work & tempo runs.  In fact one of the best running books I have “Run Less Run Faster,” says these two key runs plus a weekend long run are all you need to train for a race.   This book is based on the Furman First Plan that many runners I know love.


Awesome book- I highly recommend!

Since I have never successfully done speed work or tempo runs, I decided I needed some help!

I first called my friend Dan, who is running the Frostbite 10K with me, and has been running fast for years.  I asked him to take the mystery out of speed work and tempo runs and explain it very simply.  He told me that speed work is where you run a burst of speed for a quarter (400 m)  or half mile (800 m), allow yourself a brief recovery, then run another quick burst.  A tempo run involves a slow warm up run, then running several miles at a faster pace, then a cool down mile.   You run the speed work faster than tempo runs.

But how fast is fast?

I reached out to some of my facebook and twitter running friends to try to figure out paces for these runs.  I got some great advice from many people.  Olivia from facebook gave me a link to a great online calculator to help you figure out your paces for speedwork and tempo runs.

My twitter friends from AVL Running Tours helped me understand that for tempo runs, you want your pace to be too fast to talk, but something you can sustain for 20-40 minutes.  The “Run Less, Run Faster” (Furman) book also has some charts with paces.

Thank you social media!  But this seems to make running sound very complicated. I want to get faster though, so I’m going to give it a try.

The Furman book also has a pretty intense 10K program (available online here,) but it is a 12 week program and it’s only 5 weeks until Frostbite.  I fear jumping into this hard program so close to race would bump up my mileage and intensity of my training too quickly.  So I tried to come up with own little beginner version training program using the base miles I already have and adding to more intense  (speed and tempo) runs during the week.

So here we go… Starting next Monday I will TRY my hardest to follow these runs and paces.  My goal is the 10K in under an hour (9:40 Pace.)  Wish me luck!

Mon                                                                   Wed                                      Sat

Wk 1      3 miles w/ 400 m speed (9:04)    5 mile – 3 @ 10:07 Tempo        6 miles

Wk 2      4 miles w/ 400 m speed (9:04)    5 mile – 1 @ 10:07 Tempo         7 miles

2 @ 9:52 Tempo

Wk 3      4 miles w/ 800 & 400 m speed     5 mile – 3 @ 9:52 Tempo        7-8 miles


Wk 4      4 miles w/ 800 m speed (9:04)     5 mile –  1 @ 9:52 Tempo           6 miles

2 @ 9:37 Tempo

Wk 5       3.1 miles Easy                               3.1 miles Easy   SUNDAY- FROSTBITE10K


Tuesday and Thursday –cross train 30-45 minutes.

Yoga and strength several times a week.


Runners—Any advice for doing speed work and tempo runs?

How do you keep the pace without constantly staring at your Garmin?

NonRunners- Have you ever tried something in your “hobby” but out of your comfort zone?[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

By | 2017-08-15T14:04:33-04:00 January 9th, 2013|Fitness, Running|6 Comments


  1. Frostbite 10K Training Week 3 February 4, 2013 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    […] HERE is a link to my 10K training plan! […]

  2. Frostbite 10K Training Week 2 January 28, 2013 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    […] Here is a link to the schedule I am trying to follow for the race. My goal is to finish in under an hour. […]

  3. Frostbite 10K Training Week 1 January 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm - Reply

    […] Click here to look at the training schedule I put together for the Frostbite. […]

  4. Madeline St Onge January 10, 2013 at 12:43 am - Reply

    Well you have inspired me to do the 5K, talked a couple of friends into joining me but we will be walking it, we are not runners
    You will do great I know you will

  5. Sharon James January 9, 2013 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I want to wish you the best run and time yet! I hope to get to run with you sometime I cant do this one but one soon.

  6. Dan January 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    advise for speed/tempo…just keep reminding yourself what you are going for…I don’t look at my watch during speed until done with the interval. Tempo I can’t help you, I usually sleep through those. My 10k right now is about redemption from last yr. Use the Nike slogan, just do it! I get up before the sun to fit mine in and remember “i’m training while everyone else is sleeping”

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