Keep in mind that if you choose to sign up for a race, you absolutely do not have to run the entire distance. Many 10K participants run/walk the race, taking walking breaks throughout their run.
If you are interested in participating in a 10K race, following a training schedule will help you safely prepare for the race and keep you on track. As you continue with the training, your fitness will improve and you'll feel more prepared for your 10K race. Here are some 10K training schedules for beginners:
10K Training Schedule for Beginners: This eight-week 10K training schedule is perfect for beginner runners who can currently run two miles and want to run continuously to a 10K finish line.
10K Run/Walk Training Schedule: This eight-week training schedule is designed for those who can run/walk for 20 minutes and want to run/walk a 10K race.
Race Tips for Beginners
If you've never run a race before, check out these articles for more information about running races.
- Tips for Your First Road Race: As your race day approaches, you may have some questions and concerns about what to expect on race day. Here are some tips for running your first race.
- Common Racing Mistakes: Here are some of the most common racing mistakes and how you can avoid them.
- Tips for Dealing with Pre-Race Jitters: Nervous about your big race? That's completely normal. Get tips on how to calm your fears.
- Mental Tips to Get Through Races: If you find yourself struggling during your race, try some of these mental tricks to get you to the finish.
- How to Deal With Crowds at Races: Some races are crowded, which can be overwhelming to a beginner runner. Here are some tips for dealing with crowded conditions.
- Road Race Etiquette Tips: To make sure you don't annoy fellow runners (and avoid looking like a newbie), follow these running etiquette tips during races.
- How to Take Water from Hydration Stops: Here are tips on looking like a pro as you run through and take water from the aid stations.
- How to Use Porta-Potties on Race Day: If you need to use the bathroom before, during or after the race, you'll most likely have to use a portable toilet, or porta-potty. If you've never used a porta-potty before and you're wondering what to expect, here are some tips.
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