10 weeks to 10K: Week 1 – Start off your race prep by laying out achievable goals

From left, Briony Stewart, Michael Watson and Ashleigh Smith. Picture by Kath Flannery

Make Aberdeen’s longest-running road race your latest challenge!

Welcome to your 10 weeks to 10K training plan. Whether you have ran the race before or are looking to set yourself a new challenge, Sport Aberdeen’s health and wellness team will be on hand every Saturday to offer you training advice to help keep you motivated and get you ready for the race on Sunday, May 20.

There will be two plans available every week, one for beginner runners to follow to get you ready for the race and one for people who have run before but are looking to set a new PB.

For more information on the race and how to sign up please visit the Sport Aberdeen website: www.sportaberdeen.co.uk/bhge-10k

Week 1 – Start off your race prep by laying out achievable goals

This week health and wellness advisor Ashleigh Smith shares her top tips on setting your goals:

Ashleigh Smith.

It’s time to get in to gear and start training.

You have 10 weeks to be the best you can be, whether you are a beginner or you are already a runner – we have a plan for you!

Sunday, May 20, will be upon us soon enough, so we are here to make you feel as comfortable as possible when you step up to that start line on Aberdeen’s Beach Boulevard.

Remember and take it easy if you are just starting out, get those first steps in and build some confidence.

Over the next 10 weeks we will fire out some advice on how to get started, hydration, strength, stretches and how to stay motivated.

With this being the first week we’ve pulled together some tips on how to set yourself some training goals –


Whether it be to lose a bit of weight, or hit a certain time within the 10K, it is also essential your goal is achievable within your lifestyle – we don’t want you saying you will commit to five sessions a week if you can only manage three!


 One of the biggest mistakes you can make is over-complicating.Setting several short term goals is much more achievable and more likely to keep your motivation high.
Use a realistic time constraint while work towards these goals and continue to revisit them after each week to ensure you are on target to succeed and make little adjustments.


Get those new trainers on and get yourself outside or to the gym. You’ll feel much better for it, especially when you reach the finish line – the first step is always the hardest.
Good luck everyone!

This week’s training plan (click on image to see full week programme):