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Digital Subscriptions > Men's Running > May 2019 > TAME THE 10K

TAME THE 10K

RESIDENT RUNNING GURU MARTIN YELLING HAS A 10K PB OF 29MINS 51SECS – HE EXPLAINS HOW YOU TOO CAN MASTER THE CLASSIC DISTANCE

Nailing a 10K is a real balancing act. Too short to plod but too long to sprint, the distance requires both physical fitness and mental know-how. The good news is, running the 6.1miles won’t hammer your legs like a full or half marathon, so there’s plenty of opportunities to practise getting it right. Ultimately, to truly race 10K to your potential, you’ve got to board the pain train and ride it right through to the finish. Training fast and putting yourself on the edge of comfort in races will help you to do this.

THINGS YOU’LL NEED TO RUN

A FAST 10K

01. A strong aerobic foundation and good base endurance. You’ve got to have some miles in your legs to build on.

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Haruki Murakami, author of ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’ has an apposite quote for describing our sport: “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” I’ve thought a lot about this quote over the years - and it’s taken me just as long to understand what he’s trying to say. My personal take on it is that we all know that running hurts, it’s just how we channel that pain and deal with it mentally that makes the difference. Over the years, Men’s Running has delivered hundreds of articles about how to train to make the pain as painless as possible. We’ve talked to experts about how to train intelligently for every distance and brought you training plans to nail PBs from 5K to a marathon. We’ve rounded up the best of these and brought them to you in one guide so that you can simply run faster. And, remember, suffering is optional!