Ever thought about entering a race? Wanting to start running but have no clue where to start? Here you goooooooooooo!
by Aubrey Rissler | staff writer for The Snap Mom
What’s important to you? Write it down. Your health and life goals can push you to discover more about yourself than your outward appearance. If you have ever considered running a race, don’t let it slip by for too long. Most importantly, don’t doubt yourself. Committing to a race will actually give you the inspiration that you need to stay motivated. Running doesn’t always have to happen on the street. You can prepare for running and a race in all kinds of ways. Each one will have a huge impact on race day.
View food as fuel.
I can’t express to you the difference in my runs before holiday season compared to my runs during holiday season. Pre-holidays, my husband and I were focused on eating a plant-based diet. I’m not suggesting vegan/vegetarian, but boosting your dinner by using vegetables as your MAIN course. Do this for a month or two, and you will absolutely notice a difference during your cardio workouts. Post-holidays (post-sugar cookie obsession), I had such a terrible run that I ACTUALLY STOPPED and had to walk during a 3-mile run. I had been running 6 miles a day before then! Trust me, diet impacts body.
Don’t take it too seriously!
Don’t let your ego get the best of you. During a run, I always remind myself when I get tired that “it does not matter how slow you go.” Whether you finish a 5k fast or slow, you’ve still completed the mileage. Stay dedicated. Don’t let your mind get the best of you. Recognize your discouraging thoughts as they come and change them. Don’t allow yourself to keep saying, “I can’t do this.” “I’m not a runner.” “Why am I out here?” Just be present. Speak kind words over yourself. “Mind leads, body follows.” “Who am I not to be amazing?” “Why sell myself short?” “This could be encouraging someone else to make better habits in their life!”
Find a friend!
If you can get someone to train with you, then a lot of times you won’t pay as much attention to the length of time you are running. You meet. You run. You get some girl-talk in meanwhile. Race with someone who wants to be optimistic! Positive. Forward-focused. Don’t allow someone to speak negatively into your efforts to create a healthy, worthwhile life change.
Once the event gets closer, make sure that you are running close to the race distance. For me, when I run a 5k, I run 3.2 miles (5k) to train. That way during my race, I can push myself to get a better personal record (PR). If you are doing long distance, then find a program that will fit your fitness level. You can try a “Couch to 5k” if you have never tried to run before. This will teach a run/walk method that will get you racing before you know it! There are other training schedules available through Women’s Running that will help you get out there and knock out your first race.
I believe in you.
Aubrey is a part-time writer and full-time nanny. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a magazine journalism degree. She is passionate about travel, health, and yoga.