Training for a 10K Run

Training for a 10k run top tips

One of my goals for 2017 was to complete a 10K run.

I needed a focus to get my booty off the sofa and a goal that I have wanted to reach for years.

As my career is mainly based online, I craved an achievement that was nothing to do with the internet, just me, myself and my bod. I used to be a keen cross country goer (weird kid) and I miss the training involved. I miss the rush of adrenaline on race day and all the energy you absorb from everyone around you. Sounds a lil cringe, but it really makes ya feel alive!

Not gonna lie though, I was kinda bricking it.

You see, I am VERY good at persuading myself out of things. This was a test to see if I was capable of pushing myself and sticking to my goal.

Training for a 10k run

I started by training twice a week. Maybe three if I fancied it. If I was on the roads / parks I used Nike Run Club (so handy) to track my distance. If it was raining, I just used the ole treadmill at the gym. I trained for two months, and only reached up to 6k! Eeep.

I definitely did not feel prepared. I actually had nightmares that I would take SO long to complete the race, that everyone had left when I reached the finish line! lolz.

But on the actual race day, I felt pretty good. The sun was shining, I gobbled down a big ole bowl of porridge and headed to Regents Park.

After a flurry of getting lost, I made it with a minute to spare. I stuck my earphones in, put my phone away just in time for the starting pistol (or whatever it’s called!) The atmosphere was incredible, so many family and friends there to show support – Matt, Mumma, Fifi (and Ping Ping) were at the sidelines cheering me on!

I didn’t stop running for the entire race, and somehow managed to cross the finish line at 59 minutes 30 seconds which I was so happy with! I was a sweaty, red, dribbling mess but I did it!

Training for a 10k top tips

Throughout training and the race itself, I learnt so much. I felt confident what my body was capable of more than ever, so I wanted to share what I learnt with you. Obvs I am no running expert, it’s all just my own lil tips.

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1.

KEEP GOING

This might be the most difficult, but most important tip. I am such a sucker for running / walking then calling it interval training hehe. When I get a stitch, I walk to relieve it. As I didn’t want to be the gal strollin’ round the track, I trained myself to push through. Breathing through the pain, and eventually the stitch faded. Stopping your flow of running will make it harder to conserve energy. If you are feeling tired, perhaps slow your pace and focus on breathing, I promise it will help!

2.

A GOOD ALBUM DOES WONDERS

Finding a corker of an album and sticking to it for the duration of your run is the best. I used to create my own running playlists, or pop on one of Spotify’s ready made ones. But what I needed was just an album with a good beat, and the same tempo throughout. In a fluster 30 secs before starting I chose Disclosure’s first album Settle, luckily it was a good choice. Every track is a banger and it kept me going for the entire run.

Training for a 10k tips and advice

3.

NO PHONE RULE

Not whippin’ my phone out every two mins helps. I used to check it constantly, to change music or check the time, that would quickly turn into to scrolling through Instagram. When I decided to get my sh*t together and take my training more seriously, I decided on the no phone rule. No distractions, just pure undisturbed running. Which leads me on to my next point…

4.

LOVE FOR THE BUM BAG

I love bum bags. I have done since our trip to Thailand in February. They are just SO useful! There is something so liberating about being hands free but having all your essentials right there. It is especially good for running as your arms are key to help get that momentum. I usually keep my phone, keys, cards and extra hair bands in there, just in case.

5.

BREATHING & A LIL YOGA STRETCHIN’

Breathing is essential in any exercise, and life in general, obvs. With long distance running, it is all about pace. Creating comfort and helping your body reserve and generate energy. Yoga also really helped me! I stretched whilst running to open up my chest, focused on deep breathing to release heat out fill my lungs. Yoga is’aaaaall about awareness of the body, and that is so essential with running too. Whilst training, try and weave a few yoga sessions in, after training – Yoga with Adriene is my fave.

Training for a 10k top tips

I am well up for doing another run soon, maaaaaaaaaaybe a half marathon. Maybe.

Have you done a 10K before? If you have any long distance running tips, I would love to hear em!

P.S the race I did was the London Spring 10K! I would definitely recommend it, the course is lovely and the medal is pretty cute too >:)

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  • Jade Ingham-Mulliner

    Well done this is great. So inspiring, I always run with my sister but I think I will now be suggesting music as I know how much difference it makes to my effort in the gym. Really helpful tips, well done with the 10k sounds like you smashed it!

    • Thank you so much Jade :) Ah I used to run with my friend back home, it would be so much fun… But we would natter the whole way round lol. I’m glad they are helpful (esp. the bum bag) trying to start a trend here >:) Thank you giiirrrl, on to the next one! Immy x

  • Yay – congratulations lovely, you smashed it! I’ve only ever done one proper race but I run a few times a week and have been for a few years, although I was RUBBISH at running before that. Completely agree with all you’ve said, and for me the first one is the most important. It sounds so obvious but once you get your head around the fact that you can choose to keep going and you CAN keep going even when it’s getting tiring, it makes all the difference. I used to stop or walk so often before I got to grips with that. The main other things that make a difference to me are finding a running outfit that works for me so that I cant be distracted by leggings falling down, sore feet, discomfort in the boob region etc, and fuelling myself properly! Well done again you champ!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • Thank you Sophieeee! It does sound obvious doesn’t it! It was like an epiphany when I realised I could actually keep going haha! Yes that is also super important, I treated myself to some Ivy Park leggings but they fall down when I run and it is SO fustrating haha! Definitely a good sports bra too… otherwise I actually need to hold them as I run! Thank you lovely lady! And thanks for stopping by xxx

  • Laura Torninoja

    Go you!! So very impressive and inspiring that you stuck to it even when you felt like giving in! I’m very bad at sticking to the promises I make myself, but lately I’ve been so proud that I’ve done yoga 3 times a week – it’s a big step for me so I’m feeling very happy haha. Good luck with your half marathon training! xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Aaaay thank you lovely Laura! Ah wow that is amazing gal, I need to up my game with yoga. It makes SUCH a difference to how I feel, I definitely need to make it much more of a priority! Thank you – need all the luck I can get! Immy x

  • Diana Maria

    A good album is so key for running for me! These photos are so raw and wonderful, good for you for running 10k! That’s such a long distance and something I’d really like to strive for one day. Congrats love xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

    • Definitely, for me too! What are your faves? I need some inspiration! Thank you lovely, my brother Oscar took these – which reminds me, I need to credit him haha! It was something I wanted to do for aaaaaages as well – you will feel amazing when you do it :) Immy x

  • Congratulations – thats so amazing! I’ve just started to get into running by using the C25K app (I’m only on week 2 – but I’m so happy I’ve stuck with it for 2 weeks), these are such good tips I love to find a good Spotify playlist, pop my headphones on and just get in the zone!

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    • Thank you Jess! Oooh I need to try that, will check to see if it is on Android! Yes that is the absolute best, I always download Spotify’s Throwback Thursday playlists as they usually have SO many corkers on there! Immy x

  • ninegrandstudent

    I desperately need to up my fitness again, these last few months have been tough and I’ve just not done anything – this gal definitely won’t be in a bikini anytime soon! Oopps..

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Lifestyle Blog

    • Trust me, despite how it looks – I feel the same! I have been having a ice cream (or two) a day for the past month but whatevs, it makes me happy! I think I also have the knowledge that I have no holidays booked, so I’m just letting go haha! Immy x

  • I would love to do a 10k! My mum completed her first one last summer and she has such a drive for it! She would definitely agree with you on the love for the bum bag! Xxx

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    • Ah you definitely should Em! :) That is amazing from your mumma, what a lady. Hehe, such an essential… Don’t know how I lived without it before! Immy x

  • Jennifer Keal

    I did a 10km recently and I enjoyed having something to work towards. My tip for training would be to download an audiobook for long runs- I did most of mine to Miranda Hart’s book. I find that I get bored with music sometimes, or want to keep changing tracks whereas an audiobook makes the time go so much faster!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • It is such a good feeling isn’t it? Really pushes me to keep going! Ooh that is a great idea, I will definitely download a few – Maybe a bit of Hazza P too >:) Immy x

  • Lauren Wilkinson

    Well done girl! My aim is to be able to run 5k on the treadmill. I’ve got asthma and really struggle, but I’m up to 10mins of non-stop running, which for me is a little win. A good album makes such a big difference too. Lauren x

    • Thank you gyaaaal :) Yes that is such a good aim lass, it is tough with asthma, but you can totally do it :) It is aaaaall about the little wins. Immy x

  • I needed this so much today! I’ve been doing 5k for a while, and really need to push myself to the next level and I always think that the music is probably such a big part of it :) XXX
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    • Ah yes, I was just hitting 5k for bloomin’ agesss, it just seemed enough for me! I have never reached 10k until the race! I need to run one again in my own time, we’ll see haha! Immy x

  • Hayley Rubery

    Girl I’m SO proud of you and what an amazing time to say you finished in.. well done lady! I’m also training for a pretty big run that I’m so nervous for so have found this post super useful and will be taking your tips on board – thank you lady!

    Hayley xo
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