You’ve made the first steps out your door or maybe you’re still thinking about it; either way, using a race is a great way to keep your motivation up and build a whole new support system. It will let you get the word out that you are making a change for the better in the way that you care for yourself and in the way that you look at exercise. You’ll find a whole new support system from friends and family and you’ll have your pride on the line, and as anyone who runs knows, running and personal pride go hand in hand.
How Running A Race Will Motivate You
1. You’ll never have to wonder if you’re a jogger or a runner: No one who takes their running routine seriously wants to be called a jogger. You’ve spent weeks running to get into shape, and you’re working on a no excuses lifestyle. Once you sign up for a race, it won’t watter what your personal best is at the end of it: you’ll have the proof to tell your jogging critics.
2. Your pride is on the line: You’ll be more motivated to get out and put in the miles when you know that your pride is on the line.
3. Your friends will be pushing you: Make sure that you tell people that you are entering a race. Sure, you might find a few nonbelievers among them, but don’t worry about them. Instead, concentrate on the people that support you and will help you on your way. Make your race day not only about proving to yourself that you can achieve something, but make your efforts show your family and friends that you have changed your life for the better.
4. You Have A Real Goal: Not only will you need to train hard for your race, but you’ll have a real goal in front of you. Much of your running experience will require that you have mental goals in front of you at all times, but with a race entry, you’ll have a physical event awaiting you to test your efforts.
5. You have others to push you: You’ll no longer have to worry about how your doing in your efforts because you will have others to run against. One of the hardest parts of training in running is not having someone to push you farther, but once you’ve entered a race, you’ll have the competition from other like minded people to push you along.
The key to running your first race isn’t to try to win. Instead, you should use it to inspire yourself and to see how far you have come, not only as a runner, but as a person. Once you get your first run under your belt you’ll be able to see what you can do with a little hard work and will want to keep not only your own mental goals on the horizon, but use running events to keep you moving along.