The next running adventure for me is going to be the Race for Life 10K which takes place in June in my local area. It’s one off the bucket list and a new challenge that’ll keep me training.
Here are my ten top tips for a 10K (what a mouthful):
- Increase your mileage by 10% each week
- Have at least one rest day per week – it gives you something to look forward too
- Incorporate one cross-training session each week. you can join a local gym or just go for a short bike ride once a week, as it’ll take the pressure off your knees but still build your stamina
- Stretch at the end of every training session. Stretch all the major muscle groups: hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and glutes
- Have a good breakfast every morning when you’re training and on the day of your race
- Enjoy a sports massage the week before your race as it can stimulate circulation of blood and lymph fluids to the parts of the body that are involved in activity
- Warm up before you start your run
- Set off at a good pace but not too fast. When you reach the half way point increase your pace slightly, so you reach the finish line in good time
- Use an energy gel during the run to help boost your sugar levels and give you that extra push
- In your final mile start to compete with the people in front of you and once you’ve passed them head for the finish line as fast as you can. You can do it!