Before you lace up your clean and tidy running shoes, read these tips which will make a difference between loving and hating the experience.
The good news is that working toward a goal may do more to improve your physique and mental health than you might think. Experts recommend picking an event that will require physical training like a walk-a-thon or 5K.
According to a recent study, runners reported that just completing the event or race gave them an increased sense of accomplishment. Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike agreed that they felt more confident and more powerful in all areas of their lives after completing the race. They felt stronger mentally and physically and more able to master problems at work and in relationships.
There is a great advantage in training under unfavourable conditions.
It is better because the difference is comes as a tremendous relief in a race.
It may rain during your race or you may want to take part in a mud run,
so you want to be prepared.
Before the event try out your kit under muddy race conditions. It would be annoying if you find out half way through a mud race that your kit gets uncomfortable or starts chafing when wet and muddy.
Practice running in wet shoes and wet clothes, maybe on a rainy day. Get into what you want to wear on race day, go down to the river or lake or beach, and run across/up and down the river, lake or beach.
Jump into a bog or a lake, then go for a run, then jump in again and run some more. Train on dirt, mud, sand and through water. Run hills and stairs. This may be a bit of a challenge, but gets you seriously fit.
If you have no bog or lake nearby, take a shower or bath in your kit, or use the hose pipe to soak it.
Then go for a run.
Feel the weight of the water in your clothes, the weight of the shoes.