Running your first race or your next one

How to ensure your first race is a successful one!

It’s a benchmark and a rite of passage for every runner.  Almost as sure as the sun will come up tomorrow, if you started running you’ll run a race.  Even if you started running purely for fitness or weight loss alone, you eventually sign up for a race whether it’s by your own motivation or peer pressure.  Surely I say unto you….sooner or later you’ll enter a race.

My thrid race but the first that I have a finishing picture
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So how can you ensure a successful result.

#1  Win the day.  Notice I did not say win the race. Truth is few of us will ever be fast enough or gifted enough to break the ribbon at the finish line, but all of us can win the day. 

#2  Say hi to another runner, smile, wave and embrace the people around you.

#3  High five the kids along the route, soak in their energy.

#4  Thank a volunteer who gave of their time to support your endeavor.  Soak in the realization that each one of them wants to see you succeed.

#5  Believe in you. Their is no more powerful force.

#6  Have a clear goal within the race.  Whether it be a certain time result or simply running the hills, have a goal within the race that you can celebrate.

#7  Enjoy the views.  Most races take you to new parts of a city, town or trail.  Enjoy the views, get lost among the new surroundings, take in the mystery of a new course.

#8  View success on your own scale.  Do not judge your results compared to others.  At the end of the day, it’s your race.

#9  Remember there will be hard times…accept it and take it on.

#10  Live in the victory of finishing what you set out to do.

There is nothing like your first race and or your next race.  You can ensure it’s a success by understanding you can do anything you “believe” you can.

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