Yes You Can: Run a 10K

Want to make this year memorable? Start training now and destroy your office mates in a 10K.

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You know the drill. Starting January 1, coworkers will start to complain about their holiday health transgressions. They’ll swear by a fitness-inspired New Year’s resolution, and maybe even start an office weight-loss pool, with participants’ weekly weigh-ins dominating water cooler conversation for a month. (Yawn.)

Screw tradition. Challenge your coworkers to race one of dozens of New Year’s Day 10K’s—or any other 10K throughout the year—and then destroy them. Instead of betting on Daryl’s final weigh-in, put money on the race. Then cash in with our 12-week plan.

Sound too ambitious for the day after the year’s biggest party? Don’t worry, most races start at a reasonable hour. Plus, it’s only 6.2 miles. We’ve assembled the best 10K brains in the business so that when the pain starts you’ll embrace it and aim for some hardware.

And remember, just because you’re not running the Boston Marathon doesn’t mean you can’t brag. Just ask Pete Rea, the coach of Olympic hopefuls at North Carolina’s Zap Fitness.  “The best 10K runners have the strength of a marathoner and the economy and speed of a miler,” he says.

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Join the Outside Fitness Center and you can sign up for the interactive version of this training plan. You can map your runs, track your progress, receive daily e-mail reminders, and watch instructional exercise videos.

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