How to run a 10K
How I did it: This was my next step after completing a 5k last year. After I got into the habit of running several times a week to train for the 5k, training for the 10k mainly consisted of adding miles and time to my workouts.
I ran at a pace just under 12min/mile, and was able to keep it up for the whole race, without stopping for walk breaks like I often do. So, I'm very pleased with myself.
Lessons & tips: It got a lot easier for me when I learned to focus on my breathing and match my footsteps to my breaths. People always said that, but I never really understood what it meant. I mean, I already knew I was breathing. It didn't make sense. It helped me to have my bf show me what people were talking about. (Having him as a running partner also really helped with training.)
I had only run 6 miles once or twice before the actual race. I didn't
even do long runs every week or anything, but I did step it up as the
event got closer. The 2-3 weeks before the race, I ran longer and more
frequently, but still usually 2-4 miles 2-4 days a week.
Resources: I like active.com for training tips, and dailyburn.com to track progress and workouts. Also, my boyfriend is a great running partner.