Amy Burton reveals her tips for running a 10k.
You’ve pounded the pavement, invested in some trainers and worked out what you’re going to wear the night before. So what’s next? The actual race, of course! If this is your first 10k (or 5k) then make sure you read Amy’s essential tips, after all, she’s got a few under her below now, including the British 10k.
Tips for running a 10k
- Get there early – it feels good to get running soon after the race starts rather than queueing for another half hour and being at the back. It is worth getting up early for this I promise!
- Make sure you read all the race info provided about where to start/leave your kit bag etc, it will make your life A LOT easier especially when you are fatigued at the end!
- Turn up to the race hydrated and make sure you have something for breakfast that your body is used to and will give you some energy – I had some gluten free porridge made with unsweetened almond milk, a scoop of pea protein and a banana… (Make sure you allow plenty of time to digest before the race!)
- Be careful when overtaking, someone could be close behind you or about to run past you and you will knock into them. Be considerate of other runners.
- If you take a water bottle at a water stop dispose of it by throwing off the track, not under the feet of other runners – don’t be the reason someone gets injured.
- Stretch out well before and after or you will be sore. A hot bath with Epsom salts will help ease your aches afterwards.
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