We’ll take it as read that the fact you want to run sub-35 minutes means you are pretty serious about your running. Thirty-five minutes is still a benchmark of strong running over 10k and, in fact, will even win you races.
Just how much you run under that mark will depend on your current level of fitness, whether you are simply a pacier runner and how your body holds up the stresses and strains of increased tempo work needed to duck under that magic number.
Running sub-35 doesn’t necessitate what’s commonly termed ‘monster mileage’. It’s getting the balance right between steady state running and quality sessions that will see you breaking through. The training here will be based around getting you to run faster for longer.
If you’re used to running quality sessions (as anyone knocking on the 35 minute door should be) we will hope to add a bit of variety to your training.
Not everyone will agree with the following schedule, but we think it could see you ducking under the 35-minute barrier – hopefully with time to spare.
In the final week you will be tapering-off and runners often find this week difficult. After being used to making regular demands on their bodies they get withdrawal symptoms, think they have put on weight, feel sluggish on the easy runs when they should be feeling frisky. The session that includes striding will satisfy your subconscious need for physical stress without dipping into your stores of running fuel too much.