We have several running training plans to suit your experience and aims:
- beginner – if you’re new to running or haven’t run a race of that distance before
- intermediate – if you’ve already done a race of that distance (or longer) and would like to improve your time
- advanced – if you’re an experienced runner
For these training plans, distances in miles have been rounded to the nearest whole number for simplicity. One kilometre is equivalent to 0.6 miles. If you’re struggling to run the full distances suggested, don’t worry. Just make sure you cover the whole distance, slowing to a walk to recover energy before running again.
And remember that these are just guides – sometimes you might need to hold off for a week if things feel too intense. You’ll also want to take your work-life balance into account as things like poor sleep, not eating well, and stress can all affect your running and how you manage your training. And, most importantly, how you recover.
Beginner training plans
To make the most of the beginner 10km training plan, you should be able to run/walk 5km (3 miles) in less than 40 minutes.
The beginner half-marathon training plan is for you if you’re able to run 5km comfortably and have been doing so for several weeks or months.
To get the most out of the beginner marathon training plan, you should already be able to comfortably run at least 5km, and ideally 10km.
Intermediate training plans
The intermediate 10k training plan is for you if you’d like to improve your time. It uses long runs so you can be confident you’ll be able to cover the distance, and tempo speed work to increase your pace.
If you’ve already completed half marathon races before, you might want to try our intermediate half-marathon training plan.
If you’d like to run a marathon and have completed a half-marathon or marathon race before, you might find our intermediate marathon training plan helpful.
Advanced training plans
Our advanced 10k training plan is for you if you’ve already completed 10k races before and you consider yourself to be an advanced runner.
If you’ve completed half marathon (13.1 miles/21km) races before, perhaps following the Bupa beginner and intermediate training plans, why not try our advanced half-marathon training plan.
You might also find our podcast on marathon training tips and nutrition helpful.