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 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.
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.
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.