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How to Run a 10k: A Running Coach's 5 Tips on How to Run a 10k Successfully.

Updated: Jun 1, 2023

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Whether you’ve already signed up for a 10k or you are thinking about running your first one, congratulations! Starting is the first step and often the most difficult.

When you start doing your research on how to run a 10k, it can feel a bit overwhelming with the immense number of opinions and advice that you can find on the internet.

I personally had a difficult time when I started training for my first 10k. I spent hours going down internet rabbit holes with little clarity or confidence of how to move forward.

This is why I’m passionate as a running coach about breaking down information in a way that helps others reach their goals.

Here are my 5 tips on how to run a 10k successfully:


This is an extremely important step in training for a 10k. You’ll want to have a plan to get you from day one of training to race day as well as give yourself enough time to train.

You can find 10k training plans online for free which will be basic and non-customized. The best option would be to work with a running coach to help you create a customized training plan that will match your fitness level, availability for training as well as provide accountability and education along the way.

This is the first step in the work I do with my clients, so if you’re looking for a personalized training plan to help you succeed, book a time for us to chat here.


As much as you can. Yes, life happens, and we can only plan so much. A running coach can help you work through those unplanned life events and ensure you stay on track.

Plan your training weeks out a week or two in advance and be mindful of the weather, your work schedule, vacation/travel as well as personal life and other commitments to work around. Being prepared can help you stay on track and not lose any important training days!


Luckily, step one and two can help lead to a successful third step. When training for a 10k, it’s important to be consistent with your training.

Of course, there will be times when rest may be more beneficial than training (when dealing with injury, overuse, illness, etc.) but overall, being as consistent as possible with your training plan will lead you to be fully prepared on race day.


Have you ever noticed you are more likely to follow through on something if you tell someone about it? You’re not alone!

There are many ways to stay accountable throughout the training process including running/training with a running buddy, local running clubs that offer group runs and running groups on social media. Certainly, the BEST way to be held accountable to your unique goals is by working with a running coach that is dedicated to your success.


Possibly the MOST important step is to enjoy the training! One of the reasons I decided to become a running coach and to help others reach their potential is because I saw a lot of runners around me who were NOT having fun.

When we forget to have fun, the hobby that once brought us joy can quickly turn into another daunting thing to check off our list. During your training, you can expect days where your training seems difficult and others easy. Training is designed this way and will prepare you for race day.

Make sure to give yourself kudos every step of the way and celebrate every victory as well as lessons learned.

I’m excited you’ve made the decision to sign up (or at least consider) running a 10k! These 5 tips will help you understand how to run a 10k so you can be successful in your training and on race day.

If you’re wanting the accountability and community of like-minded runners on the same journey as you, join the Joyful Running Challenge where we find joy in running so that you can create the consistency you’re looking for!

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