The 10 k is a good middle distance race for novice runners, or those wanting to get back in shape. I have run over 50 10k races in my lifetime. Always fun. Some have some nice post-race celebrations to keep you motivated. Yes, the high entry fee can be a deterrent, but most of the time it's worth it.
Post Race Tips
Don't stop and sit down, walk around a cool down for a few minutes. Then grab a drink. It's normal not to feel hungry. Yes, sometimes there are some delicious looking goodies waiting for you.
Stretching is a good idea. It helps minimize soreness the next day. Sometimes there are post race massages after the race. Get one, you won't be sorry, it will help your muscles recover faster.
If it's your first race, don't compare times with others. Be happy with what you get, you can improve later. Plan your next race to keep yourself motivated.
Hopefully you will enjoy the experience, and may it be the first of many to come.
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