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Ready to run a fast 10K? We mean – a really, really fast 10K? Find out what it takes to race at the next level

When you’re new to running, the thought of carrying your body around 10K is pretty daunting. Fast forward a few years and it’s the kind of distance you might knock out for a Monday morning recovery run – or, for some of us, it becomes our race nemesis.

Running a fast 10K race is a pretty brutal business: it’s long enough to require seriously spot-on pacing but short enough to force you to push your heart, lungs and legs to their limits. But it’s a really satisfying race distance to target, too, with its neat number of kilometre splits making pacing a doddle (mentally, at least). What’s more, if you can focus on building speed over this relatively short distance in the summer, you’ll be in a great position to try for a marathon PB this autumn. So what does it take to break the magic 40-minute barrier and be one of the first women across the line at a 10K?

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About Women’s Running

In the May issue of Women's Running, on sale 30 March, we're getting you ready to run faster this spring! We've got the perfect 10K training plans for you, whether you're a first-timer, a gym bunny or looking to grab an amazing personal best this summer. Racing a spring marathon? Find out the secrets to success from the people working behind the scenes - everyone from first aiders to pacers to race photographers share their tips for staying on target (and grabbing some race pics to be proud of!). In this month's Trail Zone, find out why running in green spaces is so good for your mind and body. And don't miss the first ever Women's Running Nutrition Guide: your complete rundown of what to eat and drink to run faster, recover better and stay strong when you're training hard.