I have only run two 10K races. I did not train for the first. I had only run 2-3 times prior to the race and on race day I could feel it. It seemed like hours between mile 3 to 4, 4 to 5, and mile 5 to 6.3 felt like an eternity.
Muscle cramps, side aches, soreness, gasping for air- what was I thinking signing up for this torture?
My second 10K I had been running consistently for about 6 weeks prior to the race and I remember it feeling so much easier than my first 10K, even though I finished at a slower time. It was more enjoyable, and I didn’t feel like I was going to die.
I repeat: Training is important.