Top 10 tips for running a 10k

Marcel Mckinley

In just one weeks’ time hundreds of fearless fundraisers will take on the ZSL London Zoo Stampede, raising vital funds for wildlife conservation.

Our 10k and 5k route will see runners race around the Zoo and Regent’s Park on 17 September, cheered on by family and friends.

One man who’s no stranger to the racetrack and recently completed the Ultra-Trail du Mant-Blanc is ZSL London Zoo senior keeper Marcel Mckinley.

Here's his top 10 tips for your first 10k race

  1. Run regularly in the lead up to your race, between 3-6 times a week.
  2. Get a running buddy to help motivate you in the final weeks, if you need company.
  3. Stay hydrated, make sure you're drinking a lot of water every day during your training.
  4. Don’t worry about missing the odd training day.
  5. Make sure you’ve done some running in the outfit you’re planning on wearing during the race so you don’t get any unexpected rubbing. chafing etc.
  6. Eat right – don’t introduce new foods to your diet in the days before your race, stick to what you know.
  7. Do a warm-up before the run and stretch, stretch, stretch after you race, your body will thank you for it later. It will also help improve your flexibility.
  8. Have an early breakfast on the day of your race.
  9. Keep your fundraising target in mind on the day to help motivate you during the race.
  10. Remember why you started running in the first place - because it's fun. Push yourself – you can do it!

If you haven’t already, there’s still time to sign up to the ZSL London Zoo Stampede on 17 September

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