A few days back, we posted an article about the most common excuses not to run. That article really struck a chord with many readers and runners.
One thing that really inspired many was the gentle reminder that we should be thankful that we could run; there are so many people out there who wished that they could put on their shoes and hit the road.
Running is and should be enjoyable. You should enjoy the scenery of the route, the adrenaline that makes one feel good and sometimes even the fear that comes before races.
This fear is not really fear, it is more like that nervous butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling that you get before a first date. The anticipation slowly builds up. From the day you register for the race, to race pack collection and all the way up to race day, you do whatever you can to prepare but you always get the jitters as you wait at the start line.
Do not let it get to you. You can always start with a race that caters to your level, like Tri-Factor Run 2013. With various distances like 5, 10, 21, 31.5km, anybody can choose a distance to challenge themselves.
It is not difficult. Without the need for expensive equipment, you can easily put on a decent pair of running shoes, some comfortable clothing and start training for the race. With the race as a mini goal to work towards, the sweet reward at the finish line would be greatly amplified.
The Tri-Factor Series is a 4-part triathlon event where there are individual swim, bike, run and triathlon legs. Many people fear the sport and think of it as a “hardcore” sport that is too difficult for the common athlete. Tri-Factor is out to bust this myth.
The benefits of running are endless. It is an accessible sport that anyone can try. Regular running improves blood circulation, reducing the risk of heart attack by 30 – 50%. Improving the blood flow to the brain making you more energetic and productive at work!
It strengthens and tones your muscles and bones, reducing the risk of osteoporosis. An hour of running allows you to burn up to 1,000 calories – giving you a nice, lean and toned body. At the same time, it improves your skin complexion, reduces anxiety and stress, and it helps you sleep better at night. Overall, it improves your general health, giving you a radiant, healthy glow.
You have to take the first step to explore the unfamiliar territories to realise that you do not have to try very hard to complete a triathlon. After all, they say, “try not hard.”
If you do not try, you will never know. Just like you have to muster your guts to talk to that eye candy, you must also sign up for Tri-Factor now.