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Tucson 10k Training: Start Now!

Tucson 10k Training: Start Now!

Phase 1: Getting your groove on.

Start here if you need to spend a few weeks making running part of your regular schedule. The more consistent your running is, the easier it will be to build and add intensity.  In this phase, the important thing is getting out the door.  Do the following schedule for 3 weeks.

Monday:  Alternate Exercise for 30-45 minutes.

Tuesday:  Aerobic Run for 30-45 minutes. 

Wednesday:  Alternate Exercise for 30-45 minutes.

Thursday:  Build-ups.

Friday:  Day off.

Saturday:  Longer Aerobic Run 45-60 minutes.

Sunday:  Recovery Run for 20-30 minutes.

Phase 2: Getting stronger.

Start with this phase if you’ve already been running regularly and want to add some variety and intensity to your training.  Hill work will enhance your aerobic and anaerobic systems by increasing your heart rate and running intensity.  It preps your legs to handle speedier workouts down the road. Follow this schedule for 3-4 weeks.

Monday: Alternate Exercise for 30-45 minutes.

Tuesday: Aerobic Run for 45-60 minutes.

Wednesday: Alternate Exercise for 30-45 minutes.

Thursday: Hill Reps.

Friday: Day off.

Saturday: Longer Aerobic Run 60-75 minutes.

Sunday: Recovery Run for 20-30 minutes.

Phase 3: Getting faster.

Start with this phase if you already run hills regularly and are looking to add speedier running to your schedule. Follow this schedule for 3 weeks.

Monday: Alternate Exercise for 30-45 minutes.

Tuesday: Aerobic Run for 45-60 minutes.

Wednesday: Alternate Exercise for 30-45 minutes.

Thursday: Pace work.

Friday: Day off.

Saturday: Longer Aerobic Run 75-90 minutes.

Sunday: Recovery Run for 20-30 minutes.

Phase 4: Taper week

It’s common practice to ease up on the mileage a bit the week or two before a race.  This phase is good for anyone who has been running more than normal and wants to allow his/her body time to recover before the big race.

Monday: Alternate Exercise for 30 minutes.

Tuesday: Aerobic Run for 30-45 minutes.

Wednesday: Alternate Exercise for 30 minutes.

Thursday: Build-ups (6) with 10 minute warm-up & cool down.

Friday: Day off.

Saturday: 20 minutes very easy.

Sunday: Tucson 10k Race.