Top 10 Training Tips for a 10K
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Running down a country road, this runner has a long training run to increase her endurance.

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While most people don't give much thought to the humble kilometer on a daily basis, there is one group among us for whom the simple units of measurement are like Michelin stars to a chef -- runners.

Kilometers are a key measure of progress and achievement in the competitive running world, with races ranging from relatively easy 3K beginner jaunts to superhuman 100K odysseys. Runners rack up K's like international businessmen accumulate miles -- with a sense of accomplishment and enviable endurance.

For many runners, the 10K is a true landmark. It designates a dramatic improvement over the beginner-length 5K and represents some serious distance. It's also a length that's attainable for most runners, whether you've jogged only recreationally or have even finished a 5K of your own.

So here are 10 tips to get you race-ready in a few short months. You might not take the first-place trophy, but you'll definitely be able to add 10 all-important K's to your running history.