Aside from the personal benefits of running, it’s nice to show of your new physical abilities, and one of the best ways to do so is sign up for your first race. You’ll be able to see your results and will be pushed by the race day atmosphere and your competition to go beyond what you had previously thought possible. If you’re still not sure that you’re ready to run then it’s time to give it another look.
Reasons to Sign Up For a Race
1. You Are Not Alone: The benefits of running with others are well known, but many beginning runners tend to go it alone and getting in a race is the perfect way to known that you are not alone in your efforts and it will inspire you to know that others are dealing with the same struggles and triumphs as you are.
2. You’ll Set A Whole New Pace: The first thing you’ll notice is that you may be running a little bit harder than usual. Part of your new found effort is race day jitters, the other is your new found love of competition. Having others around you will inspire you to do your best and you may hit times you thought were weeks ahead of your training schedule.
3. You’ll Learn to Pace Yourself: With your new found desire to finish will inevitably come a lesson about controlling your pace and learning when and where you will have the most energy and control over your pace. You’ll learn how to control your pace for your best finish and that running as hard as you can will not always leave you with the best time or your best effort.
4. You’ll Find a New Since of Pride: Race running is fun, and once you get out for your first race you’ll never again wonder if you are a jogger or a runner: it becomes official, you’re a runner.
Once you get your first run behind you, finding another goal won’t be a problem. You will not only have developed the talent and experience to start pushing yourself farther, but you might just want to. Running a race should be one of the goals that is always on your horizon, and you can run for whatever you’re training for: speed, distance, time, or simply a new challenge to see how strong your new will and resolve is.