Running is fun. Racing is stressful.
Or it’s thrilling, if you’re prepared.
We’ve all been there, facing the jitters of a timed race after weeks or even months of training. It’s the difference between sending out resumes and sitting in for a job interview, or socializing at a bar and going out on a first date. Now there are expectations, measurements, and the chance at falling flat.
But a little mental prep goes a long way to making that first race enjoyable. Whether you’re running an Anywhere5K on your own or a traditional 5K with thousands of other participants, here are some tips to remove the nerves.
Each month our very talented Scott Cooper designs an awesome #Anywhere5K race bib. We’ve got some great feedback on his creativity, and one reoccurring question on race prep, “How do you print a smaller-sized bib?”
It’s simple. Just follow these instructions and you’ll be rockin’ a smaller, run-friendly bib.
The Zensah Zombie #Anywhere5K is October 27 & 28. If you do the math that means you have very little time to figure out how you’re going to zombify yourself for the race so you are eligible for a sweet list of prizes including Zensah compression sleeves, Road ID gift cards, and an Anywhere5K T-Shirt!
And, while you’re more than welcome to go all in like Thriller or Walking Dead, you don’t have to. In fact, we’ve compiled a few tutorials that’ll make the transition to the afterlife super easy.
Sometimes running is just hard. And that is OK. Every run can’t possibly be easy or feel good. Some might disagree with that sentence but I have found it to be true for myself and in talking with fellow runners. Especially when training for an event. You’re asking your body to move faster than it normally does for extended periods of time. Of course it’s going to hurt at some point.
There’s pain…and then there’s pain.
When you start to feel that kind of pain where you know something’s wrong, it’s time to stop. If it’s chronic, it may be time to see the doctor. But let’s talk about the un-italicized form of pain. The slightly uncomfortable pain where you are pushing just beyond your limits. That’s a good kind of pain. In fact, let’s not even refer to it as “pain” any longer. Let’s call it discomfort. Because that’s really what it is. And it is temporary.