Training Tips from The Running Bug

Posted on by The Running Bug

Just signed up for your first 10K race? Congratulations, you’ve chosen a great event!10K is the perfect distance to cut your racing teeth on. But if you’re new to running or returning after a break, there are a few things you need to consider before hitting the start line to ensure the day goes as smoothly as possible.

That’s where The Running Bug steps in. The friendliest and most supportive social network for runners, we have all your bases covered so you can focus on achieving your 10K goals…

Getting started

If you’re a total beginner or retuning after a break, it’s important to build your mileage up gradually. Doing too much too soon could result in injury, so aim for a 10% mileage increase each week. Try these 10K training tips to get you started.

Follow a 10K training plan

Sticking to a 10K training plan will maximise your performance, prepare you for the race and motivate you to succeed. Head over to our Events hub to find the perfect training plan to suit your needs.

Get kitted out

One of the most important things you will need for your first race is a comfortable and professionally-fitted pair of running shoes (and a sports bra for the ladies). For help, read our tips on choosing the perfect running shoes. Once you’ve got your kit sorted, you can focus on nailing your first 10K race!


For runners, food is fuel and following a healthy diet is essential for athletic performance. If you’re keen to lose weight, get fit, or simply finish your first 10K race, a healthy diet goes hand in hand with exercise.  It’s important to eat well before your run and experiment with energy gels or mid-race snacks to keep you moving. Head over to our nutrition section for healthy diet tips.

Up your speed

Once you’re feeling confident about your 10K goals, it’s time to focus on your speed. Read our fartlek and interval training tips and learn how to run at your best. Running faster will not only benefit your health and your waistline, it will make the race go quicker too!

Connect with fellow runners

Chatting to likeminded runners is great for motivation and support. From online pals to real life running partners, running buddies will make you much more likely to achieve your race day dreams! Click here to join The Running Bug and start making running friends today.

Good luck!

The Running Bug

The Running Bug