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Who should take part in 10k and 5k events

Who should take part in 10k and 5k events

The 5k Fun Run

Whilst a 5k fun run doesn’t quite have the wow factor of a marathon, for those just starting on their running or fitness journey a 5k event is a much more manageable target initially.

The not-too-long distance means that almost anyone who attempts a 5k event has a good chance of finishing it and enjoying the buzz of achieving their goal.

That buzz can often inspire runners to carry on their running journey to longer events buoyed on by their initial success.

You may have a member of your family taking part in a longer event – often longer events have a shorter distance available on the day, this gives you the chance to share the excitement of event day if you aren’t ready for the longer distance.

If you decide to take part in your first 5k event give yourself a good 5-10 weeks to prepare and follow a training program such as that prepared by Vlad Shatrov, Runlab founder and trainer here

Training for a 5k event can give you a realistic challenge for those starting out running, as well as the experience and fun of taking part in an event.

The 10k Goal

A 10k distance is a great event to aim for if you are stepping up from a 5k goal. It is also an important part of a training schedule for those aiming for distance event such as a half or full marathon.

When included in a training schedule for a longer distance, a 10k race event can give you a good indication of how your training is progressing.

According to coach Dick Talford a 10k event is important for distance runners for the following reasons:

  1. It breaks up the lead-up period of several months of preparation for a marathon into sections and provides a reason to ease back on training the week before, something that marathoners don’t often do, but need.
  1. the race itself provides a great stimulus for the threshold* fitness of the runners because, in tapering down they can stick to the red-line running speed for all of the 10k, not just 5 minutes as they might do in training.
  1.  The race tells them what their current threshold pace really is, and they use this information to plan the speed of their threshold training in the next training phase.

A 10k event is something that can be a great for many people – bringing together those stepping up to a longer distance and those who are training for longer races in one event. Take the chance to chat to others at the start area and get inspired by those around you.

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*Threshold pace is where you are puffing hard, but just under control, where your blood acid-base balance is just about to tip over into becoming too acidic, but again you have it just under control; your muscles are feeling the pinch, but they keep churning out the power. That is how a runner feels when he or she is running at “threshold pace”.  The very top runners have a very high threshold pace. They are able to maintain control of their breathing, their blood and their running muscles at a very fast speed for around 30 minutes.
Dick Talford has coached 6 of the 20 Australian runners who are in the history books as having run under 28 minutes in the 10,000.  He has coached many other Australian champions and Australian representatives and currently enjoys coaching his group in Canberra.