Army Ten Miler Training Plan

This coming week marks the start of training for my ten miler in October. I normally wouldn’t create a 12-week plan for 10 miles, but I think it’s needed since I’m kind of starting from scratch with my running. Well, I guess that’s not entirely true… I am up to 3.75 miles, as I briefly mentioned in my 4 month postpartum update. I’ve only run that once so far though, and I could feel it in my legs the following two days. It wasn’t painful, but that good hurt kind of feeling.

When training for my half marathons I would only run 3 days a week. This is what works well for me. I know some people run 5-7 days a week, but that method doesn’t jive with my body. I’ve included three days of running, two days of dancing, two strength days (one coupled with a run and one during a rest day). I hope to be diligent about the strength training days, as I’ve been really enjoying my in-home strength workouts (mainly via Valerie Waters’s bikini body express and Jennifer Cohen’s bootcamp).

Below you will see what the plan looks like, but of course it’s going to be used as a guide and not a strict plan.

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Good plan? I think so :)

Have you ever run a 10 mile race? Any strategies I need to think about during it?


  1. 1

    That looks perfect!! I agree, I can only do 3-4 days of running usually no matter what. My legs just run happier that way, so I totally get that! Good luck, you will do great!

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    That looks great!! I am starting “training” next week too … but I have the Savannah Rock-N-Roll 1/2 two weeks after ATM … yikes! I am so flipping excited to meet you in October :)

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      I’m soooo excited to meet you too!! It’s going to be a huge blogger event haha! I hope to add a fall to my schedule for the fall – we shall see if that happens!

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    Looks good! I also have figured out that 3 days of running works for me. Have you done the ATM before? I have done it several times, so you may want to look at my recaps. :-) For training, I suggest some hill work. The 14th Street Bridge is a b*tch that way (you wouldn’t think from driving over it, but …). Plus, the new (since last year) finish has you running up an overpass right at the end. With my 3-day plan, I try to do one hill or one speed workout, one moderate run, and one long run.

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      Healthy Heddleston says:

      Hi coco! Thanks for the tips! I haven’t run the ATM – moved to the area around the new year so this is my first time doing dc races. I have quite a few hills around where I live so I’ll definitely get hill training in! I’m not too concerned with the speed yet since this is my first postpartum race – but I’ll certainly be adding that in for future races! I’m excites to check out your race recaps – thanks for the heads up!!

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    We should plan to do the 10 mile training run together!!

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    Love that your cross training is dance – how fun!!

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