Running races can be a fun, motivating, and confidence-boosting experience, but some runners are hesitant to enter their first road race. If you need convincing, here are some reasons to sign up for a 5K, 10K, or other race distance:
You'll stay motivated to run.
There's nothing like a deadline to get you moving. Having a race date circled on your calendar is incredible motivation to keep running. On days when you don't feel like running, you’ll think about how you'll feel if you have to back out of the race or if you try to run it completely undertrained.
You'll get over your fears about running a race.
Nervous about running a race? You're not alone. Many new runners are worried about things such as coming in last or not being able to finish. Talk to other runners and you’ll realize that they worried about some of the same things, but were happy they took the plunge into the world of road racing. Facing your fears and overcoming them will really give your confidence a boost as a runner. It may even help you take on new challenges in other areas of your life.
Your training will have more structure.
If you're the type of person who likes to follow a very specific schedule, you'll love training for a race. Every day you’ll look at your training schedule to see what you need to do, whether it’s running, cross-training, or taking a complete rest day. You won't have to worry about over-doing it or not doing enough to be prepared for the race.
You can support a cause.
Many races benefit charities and worthwhile causes, from disaster relief to fighting cancer or other diseases, and are a great opportunity for runners to give back. Running for something that's bigger than you is a great way to stay motivated to keep training and can make your races even more meaningful and fulfilling.
You'll meet other runners.
Races are a great way for the running community to come together. You'll have plenty of opportunities to meet other runners, whether it's waiting on line at the porta-potties, standing at the starting line, running in the race, or celebrating post-race. Volunteering at a race is also a great way to get your feet wet before you sign up for one.
Time to take a walk.