Every amateur runner’s first race usually comes sooner rather than later, after the first jogs, sometimes even as an incentive to start training.
As with every first time, your first race will be unforgettable and, if you manage to enjoy it fully, it’s likely that you’ll generate a lasting bond with running.
Nevertheless, the day of your great debut may be a day filled with doubts and nervousness for any runner and that’s why we showt you five typical fears of debutant runners.
Fear Nº1: “I can’t run this many miles”
That’s simply not true. If you’re a healthy runner with some months of proper training and with the desire and passion to run then you already have what it takes.
Goals are powerful tools for the mind, and a positive mindset will be the key to achieve this particular one.
Fear Nº 2: “I won’t have time to train”
Everybody knows that adult life is full of compromises: you have a job, a partner, domestic chores, kids and a social life.
However, there’s still plenty of time to train. Remember that an hour is only 4% of your day, so a lack of time isn’t an applicable excuse in most cases.
Get up an hour earlier a couple of times a week, stop using Facebook, Twitter or the TV for a while and you’ll surely be able to find the necessary time to train.
Fear Nº 3: “I’ll finish dead last”
People that don’t show up on race day are the ones who finish last, so this should be of no concern to you. Finishing last is as rare as winning the race.
Try not to forget it’s your first race and you shouldn’t worry about how fast you’re running.
Your goal should be to finish the race in a reasonable amount of time for the training you’ve done and in acceptable physical condition.
Fear Nº 4: “I’m going to injure myself”
If your training isn’t adequate, you may injure yourself and that’s why you must work smart to avoid that.
Follow your training plan as best as you can, but if you’re feeling sore or extremely tired one day, take a day off or a leisurely run.
Fear Nº 5: “My training isn’t very good”
The best way to avoid this is to read and educate yourself. You must convince yourself that your chosen training plan is accurate for your objectives and your current physical fitness.
Inform yourself, study, analyze, ask your colleagues: your training plan and nutrition are the key to having a good race.
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