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8 Tips for Your First 10K
If you've done shorter races, but you're brand-new to the 10K distance (6.2 miles), here are some tips for running your first 10K:
Don't expect your finish time to be double your 5K time.
As the race distance gets longer, your pace will be slower. While this may seem like common sense, some people still get disappointed when they realize they can't run as fast as they do in a 5K race. You can use a previous race time, at a shorter distance, to predict your 10K time so you know what to expect.
Eat something before the race.
Don't start out too fast.
Use the water stops.
Prevent chafing and blisters.
You may have not had a problem with chafing or foot blisters when you ran shorter races, but it may be an issue when you're running longer during a 10K. Make sure you take steps to avoid chafing, such as using BodyGlide or Vaseline on trouble spots (nipples for men, bra-line for women) and wearing technical fabric (not cotton) running clothes. To avoid foot blisters, wear synthetic blend (again, not cotton) socks and make sure your running shoes fit properly. You should be wearing running shoes that are at least a half-size bigger than your street shoe size.
Also see: Embarrassing Running Problems
Get your family members and friends to support you.
It helps immensely when you have people along the course cheering for you. Recruit your family members and friends to be at strategic points along the course to help push you along. Knowing they'll be on the course will give you something to look forward to.
Stay mentally tough.
Your mental fortitude will be tested during the race, so you'll need to be armed with mental strategies to deal with any discomfort or boredom. Try distracting yourself by looking at the sights along the course, other runners, and spectators. Focus on getting to the next mile marker, not the finish line – the race will feel more manageable if you break it down into smaller pieces. It also helps to have a mantra, or short phrase that you keep repeating to stay focused and strong.
Also see: Mental Tips for Racing
Push to the finish.
As you get closer to the finish line, there's no holding back -- if you feel good, go for it. Keep pumping your arms and looking up. Try to focus on runners in front of you and see if you can pass them before the finish line. If you know there's a photographer at the finish, make sure you smile for your finishing photo.
Video: 10K Race Strategy | 5 Keys to Run Your Best
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