Should You Sign Up for that Race?
I think most of us at some point become hesitant to try something new or step out of our comfort zones. For many people (myself included), fitness events like fun runs, triathalons, mud runs, or even marathons can seem daunting and out of reach. First of all, nothing is out of reach; it can be done - you just have to convince your mind that it's true.
I ran my first solo 5K after only a few weeks of running training.
I completed my first Spartan Race at 235 pounds, waddling alongside veterans without limbs and other people on a weight loss journey like myself.
Sure, it's terrifying being unsure whether you'll be able to complete it or not, but wouldn't you rather say you tried than not even bother? Maybe after you stop psyching yourself out, you'll realize you actually CAN do it.
It doesn't matter if you're not the fastest runner, strongest competitor, or healthiest eater. What matters is that you convinced yourself that you can at least try. If you fail, try again. If you fail again, keep working at it. Don't give up, and eventually you'll cross the finish line and get to set new goals.
If you're a new runner, or trying to incorporate running into your weight loss journey, be sure to read How to Start Running When You're Overweight as well as a free sample treadmill workout for beginner runners.