(Closed) Runner Bees…How long did it take you to be able to run 10km?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
2427 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

it took me about a month and a half. iv always been a runner and have run about 5-8kms each time, but i wanted to get to 10kms and set a goal. theres a track at home that has the kms marked along the trackside so you know how far you have run. i literally would run as far as i can then stop. then the next time i ran, id reach that point i stopped before and would run for an extra 10 mins or how ever long i could, but made sure i ran further than last time. i ran probably 4 times a week.

just make sure that you run for longer than you did last time, even if its only 2 minutes! its better than nothing! and just build it up. treadmills are good cos u can track how many ks you have run.


its all in your mind. when you feel like your legs  are gonna give out and you cant go any further, they are NOT gonna give out, they are way stronger and can be put through much more than you know. its your mind thats giving up. so talk to yourself and say you can do it. and you will!!

Post # 4
986 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Look up the Couch to 10K program. It will give you a detailed schedule to build up to 10Ks. It took me about 3 months to work up to 10K from having never really run before. I took my time, too…probably could have done it in 2-2.5 months if I had really worked at it. Good luck!

Post # 5
1848 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I did it the “safe, slow, and steady” way as I was morbidly obese when I started running last time. It took me about 4 or 5 months to safely go from no mileage to 10K.

That was done with no other ache or ailment that can plague runners. Others who are <200 lbs. can probably do that in half the time but I did not take any chances.

Post # 6
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

About 5 weeks ago I did a 5k and then I started training for a 10k (it’s on Sunday—in 2 days!). So it took me about 5 weeks. I’ve been training with a friend, and each weekend we just increased our long runs. Our goal was to add .5 miles each week, but our routes often ended up longer than we intended, so this past weekend we did 6.4 miles (.2 miles more than a 10k).

We just take it slowly. Our times aren’t impressive, but the goal for our race is to finish. We expect to our 10k this weekend to take between 1:05 and 1:10. Hopefully the adrenaline will kick in during the race and we will be on the lower end of the margin!

Just push yourself to keep going. And I think it really helps to train with someone else, because if you’re own your own it’s a lot easier to give up. I find I push myself harder when I’m with my friend.

I know it’s daunting–I never thought I’d get up to 6 miles, but now I can do it. You can do it too!

Post # 7
9673 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m not sure I can answer it very well.  I only ran about 3 miles (5k) for quite a while and then I started running more. Maybe 2 months or so to go 10k (6 miles)?  This was quite awhile (8 years maybe) ago so I’m having trouble remembering.

I go back and forth between running longer (8-10 miles+) and shorter 3-5 miles (short for me is 5k) depending on the time of the year.  I tend to not run as much during the winter but work out more indoors.  This year I was around 3-4 miles after the winter but it only took me 2 or 3 weeks to work myself back up to 10k.  It’s easier now because I stay in pretty good shape even if I don’t run so the cardio isn’t really a problem as much as it is just getting my legs back in running shape.

It definitely will not take years!!  I would think you could easily do it in 2 months.  Just have to push yourself safely.  Definitely go slower or more gradually over pushing yourself, that’s how you’ll injure yourself. I think they say add about 10% of your mileage each week.  I’m pretty good at reading my body now that I can tell when I’m pushing too hard and just go by that.

Also make sure you are doing things other than running (such as biking or cardio machines) and definitely do weights!!  Doing weighted lunges and squats, etc help me to run longer and better because I build the muscle in my legs.  Also I like to do hills or the stair master.  It’s awful when you first start but I think they really help.

Post # 8
280 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Oh my goodness, it took me a LONG time to get to 10K.  I’m going to say, perhaps 3 or 4 years?  However, my case was definitely different from that of an average runner. When I first started running, I was quite obese…and more importantly, I was in such terrible shape that I was unable to walk up one flight of staris without panting for breath.  So, when I started running, I honestly could not go for much more than a few steps without stopping and walking!  I built up distance very, VERY slowly.  It took me forever to even get to 1K!  I also suffered from severe asthma, and it took a long time for me to get my lungs into a healthy enough condition to be able to sustain running longer distances, from a cardiovascular standpoint.  I had a lot of issues working against me, but I took my time and over the course of a few years, I overcame them!  I don’t think it will be anything like that for you.  You could probably do it in several months, I’d wager!  πŸ™‚  Just push yourself a little bit further on each run.  You’ll be there in no time!

I’m happy to note that these days, I no longer have any hint of asthma unless I get sick with a super bad cold or flu…and even then, it’s not too serious.  I also ran 14K before work this morning, and it felt fantastic!  This makes it 100% worth all the pain it took for me to get here.  πŸ™‚  Yay running!

Post # 9
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Hey!  I guess it took me about 6 months or so, but now that I’ve been running for about a year, I can do 10K much more easily than I can when I ran my first 10K.  πŸ™‚

My advice is that if you’re only running 2-3 days a week that you try to make that 3-4 days.  There are some good training programs out there – I use Hal Higdon, but Jeff Galloway is a good option also.  (Jeff Galloway advocates a run/walk system that you might find beneficial.)

Post # 10
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Probably about 3 months if you run about 3 times a week… actually I never officially ran 10k before I did a 10k run, I had gotten up to 7k and on the day I just decided to ‘keep running’. It’s amazing what a little pressure does for your motivation πŸ˜‰

Post # 11
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I was like you.  Never ran my whole life and decided to just try it one day and I couldn’t stop.  I started jogging first. I went from running 2x a week, to 3x, to 4x to 5x then back to 3x when I lost too much weight.  I had 3 different routes I run (I hate treadmill running), which are all over 3 miles.  I ran my first 10K (I was so nervous) literally a few months after starting running (less than a year).  i ran a 11.5 K in my best time then, 1hr and 9 minutes I think.

You just have to build up stamina and reistance and everyone is different.  I pregressed quickly.  I haven’t run in a while (I am 7mos pregnant) and miss it so much.  I will be jogging with baby to lose the baby weight after I am ok to so so.

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