Are You Ready for a 10K?
A 5K Feels Easy1 of 9
You've done the training and have completed a few races. It's all been fun, but would three more miles still be enjoyable?
Time Isn't an Issue2 of 9
Does running for an hour sound doable and maybe even pleasant? Thirty minutes doesn't phase you, why should 60?
Your Routine is Steady3 of 9
You've fallen into a habit of weekly running and you officially call yourself a "runner". With a few runs a week, you're logging about 10 miles total. Training for a 10K is going to take at least that many miles.
No Pain with Gain4 of 9
You don't have any reoccurring injuries or pain during your runs. Knee braces? Who needs 'em! Make sure to clear your health (and especially any injuries) with your doc before signing up for a race of any distance.
Support5 of 9
Your family and/or significant other needs to understand they will be giving you up a few hours each week. This will take time and commitment from both sides, and their support will make things much easier.
Dough6 of 9
Those old sneakers you used for your 5K aren't going to cut it this time around. You'll need to invest in a good pair of running shoes when you're logging longer distances. High-quality sweat-wicking attire can also make runs much more comfortable during those hot summer sessions.
You're Not Signing Up for Tomorrow7 of 9
You want to take it up a notch, but just because you can run three miles doesn't mean you have to add three more to your next run immediately. Training for a 10K can take nine weeks or more.
You're Up For It8 of 9
Don't forget the importance of your mental game. If you can honestly say you're open to taking on the challenge without quitting, go for it. Attitude can be everything!