10-Mile Challenge

As the name suggests, we get you to 10 miles and we do it in 12 weeks. This program is ideal for those who can run a 5K at any pace, runners thinking about a half marathon in their future, as well as those that just want to stay fit by running at a fun, conversational pace.

Training Schedules

Click on the links below to see the training for each cycle. Current Cycle: August 12 - Oct 28, 2017 Upcoming Cycles: November 18, 2017 - February 3, 2018 February 10 - April 28, 2018 May 12 - July 28, 2018

Schedule
Saturday
Main Workout
Distance
week 1 3 miles
week 2 4 miles
week 3 5 miles
week 4 6 miles
week 5 5 miles
week 6 7 miles
week 7 5 miles
week 8 8 miles
week 9 5 miles
week 10 9 miles
week 11 6 miles
week 12 10 miles!
Weekday
Workout
Workouts
Sunday: Walk 30 min (weeks 1-3); 40 min (weeks 4-6); 50 min (weeks 7-12)
Monday: Cross Train
Tuesday: Run 30 min (weeks 1-3); 40 min (weeks 4-6); 50 min (weeks 7-12)
Wednesday: Cross Train
Thursday: Run 30 min (weeks 1-6); 40 min (weeks 7-12)
Friday: Rest Day
When We Meet
10-Mile Challenge Photo credit: Sabrina Weisz
10-Mile Challenge
Photo credit: Sabrina Weisz

The 10-Mile Challenge program meets at the general all-club meetup at 7:00 on Saturday mornings. Mid-week runs are on your own, but you’ll frequently find other Pacers out at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Training groups meet just south of the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center on the south end of Lot I. Check the Pacers calendar to verify specific location and time as conflicts occasionally cause a change in location.

What to Bring
As with any Pacer program or run, all you need is a water bottle and some comfortable running shoes. We also recommend a sports watch or phone with a run tracker app (loads of Pacers are on Strava or Garmin), but it is by no means required.

Helpful Advice
In order to get the most out of your training, we have these recommendations to keep you motivated and enjoying your workouts:

  • Always consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
  • Always run at your own pace. A benefit of running with a training group like the Pacers is that there’s probably someone else running at your pace so you’ll have company to help keep you going.
  • If you feel any pain while running, stop immediately and let your coach/team doctor know.
  • Set goals for yourself and track your progress. For example, signing up for a 5K race after the program’s competition can help keep you motivated.
  • Find a partner for your workouts. One of your fellow Pacers might be the perfect candidate. You’ll keep one another motivated and take your mind off the hard work!
  • Midweek cross training helps balance your training by engaging different muscles. These workouts can take the form of just about anything; yoga, biking, weight training, and walking are all great.
  • Stretch after your workout when your muscles are warm to help your body recover.