Started Running – Ready, Set, Go

Started Running – Ready, Set, Go: Prepare for Your Big Sporting Event

One of the best ways to approach a new fitness regime is to sign yourself up for a sporting event. If you’ve started running, you might start off small and sign yourself up for your first 5k. Or you could jump right in and sign up for a half-marathon or even a marathon, just as long as you give yourself enough time to time. If you’ve decided you’re going to take part in a race or another sporting event, you’ll need to put in a lot of time and effort to be ready. Make sure you’re prepared to take on the challenge by following the tips below.  

Started Running - Start with a 5k, then a 10k, then try out a couple of half marathons.
Started Running – Start with a 5k, then a 10k, then try out a couple of half marathons.

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Create a Training Plan

You need to approach the event with a plan in mind. If you choose to just wing it, you could find yourself unprepared once the big day arrives. It’s likely you have a goal you want to achieve that’s part of the reason you chose to sign up to do this event. So it’s important to consider that when you’re coming up with a training plan. Your training plan should be realistic while ensuring you’ll be fit and ready when your event takes place. You might choose to work with a personal trainer to create your plan, or you could find some examples and templates online.

Get Tips from Professionals

If there’s anyone who knows about preparing for a big event, it’s professional athletes. They spend huge amounts of their time training and stepping it up when a big sporting event is on the way. Fortunately, it’s easy to find tips to help you train like athletes do, and even get advice straight from the professionals themselves. Try How to Train Like an Athlete: A Professionals Guide to Success for a crash course on professional training techniques. You don’t have to be a professional athlete to train like one, so take note of how they stay motivated and make the most of their training.   

Started Running - Work Up to the Main Event.
Started Running – Work Up to the Main Event.

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Work Up to the Main Event

No matter what event you’ve chosen to do, it doesn’t have to be your only goal. If you have one main goal, you can set smaller goals along the way to help you reach it. For example, if you’re going to do a marathon, start with a 5k. Then, a 10k, then try out a couple of half marathons. Just training at the gym or going for regular short runs is unlikely to prepare you properly. You need to make sure you’re getting a range of experiences to get ready.

Get in the Right Frame of Mind

Don’t forget that mindset is also important and it’s not all about your physical training. You also need to get yourself in the right frame of mind to stay motivated and positive. Having a training plan and setting goals helps to keep you motivated, and you can also train with others. It’s important to be realistic in your goals so that you’re not disappointed, but also to be able to visualize yourself succeeding.  

Started Running - Get in the Right Frame of Mind.
Started Running – Get in the Right Frame of Mind.

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If you’ve decided to do a sporting event, take it seriously. Although you’re also doing it for fun, it will help you achieve your fitness goals, and you want to succeed.

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