What's so special about a 10k? Why can't I just run a 5k and be done with it? Running a 10k is twice the distance, twice the effort, and twice the suck.  But, here's a few reasons why people still endure the pain.

As we go into 2017, the resolution of millions of people is to lose weight, get healthier, or get in shape. In fact, according to statistics brain, 21.4% of who do make resolutions focus on a health initiative (losing weight or eating healthier). 70 percent of those people, however, fall off the band-wagon and fail to uphold their resolution. In fact, a lot of those who attempt it end up going into reverse and actually gain weight. Why is that? And how can someone keep to their goals?

Running and finishing a 5k is a goal that a lot of people inspire to achieve. It takes a lot of effort and training to condition your body and mind for a goal that causes soreness and exhaustion. But once you reach that goal, you wonder - what more can I do? Finishing a 10k is like completing a marathon for those who are not active runners. It seems impossible, but knowing that you've already achieved one goal should be enough to motivate you to keep it strong.

Stockholmmarathon 2009 start3There are several factors that contribute to achieving goals, in particular - running 6.2 miles. Perhaps the most important one is motivation. Let's talk about motivation. When we're confronted with challenges in life, the most difficult choice to make is to take the hard road and face animosity along the way. The easy road is giving up. Pushing through those obstacles often requires motivation. What pushes you to try harder? Why do you look for challenges? For who, or for what?

Long-term outdoor enthusiast Max Holloway says "Failure is inevitable. We can't be so naïve as to think that we'll succeed in everything on our first try. But it's the end goal that motivates us to keep going."

So what's YOUR motivation? What gets you up in the morning for that early run?

When you've doubled your distance, you've just now committed to enduring another round of soreness and exhaustion. Again, it's about the end result. As we run, a thought that most often crosses our minds is "what did I get myself into?" But then we remember why we commit to such strenuous challenges. It pays off. At one point you look back and remember how difficult it was to run 3.1 miles. Run twice that distance and now you're beginning to build the confidence you need to keep going.

If you've completed a 5k, running a 10k is your next running milestone. Remember, at NeoEndurance - there is no finish line.


What do you think? Add your comments below and tell us about your 10k experience! We'd love to hear about it.