The prospect of your first 10k race can be daunting, so we asked expert running coach Nina Anderson for her top tips on going the distance.

Have a Plan

Book a race and make the commitment, then have a plan. Ideally give yourself 10-12 weeks to train and make sure you pick a time of year that suits your lifestyle, allowing you to get out and run around 3 or 4 times a week despite your busy schedule. 

Be Consistent

Be consistent with your training, the more you stick to your training plan the easier your run will be come race day.

Don't forget, if you're running a trail 10k you need to train on trails not just roads. 

Have Variety

Make sure your training plan includes a variety of different runs from intervals, to long runs, and even hill training.

Mixing it up with different runs will give your fitness a little boost and help you run faster for longer. 

Be Patient

Some days you might feel like you'll never make it, but you will. Keep going!

Have the Right Running Shoes

Whether you're running on roads or trails it's important to have the right running shoes for your 10k. Not only will you be more comfortable but you'll be properly supported, reducing your risk of running injuries and blisters.

The first step to finding the correct running shoe is knowing your foot type based on the shape of your arches. Your foot shape usually dictates how you foot strikes the ground, your running gait, and what level of support you'll need.

For a more comprehensive running trainer fitting service All Runners Need stores offer video gait analysis.

Be Social

Finding a running buddy or joining a Run Club is a great way to stay motivated to get out there.

Join us at one of our Run Clubs to give you the support and motivation you need to keep running in the dark. Find your nearest Run Club.

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