The joy of racing

When the clock strikes midnight and ushers in a New Year, many of us resolve to make positive changes to our lives. In the first two weeks of January a huge percentage of us join the gym, subscribe to glossy fitness magazines and eschew alcohol in a bid to embrace a healthier lifestyle.

By the time February rolls around our good intentions often fall by the wayside and we're back to the same old routine. Our fancy new gadgets are pushed to the back of the drawer, we admit two gym visits a month just don't justify the cost and frankly we're all gasping for a pint.

This is where events step in. With an increasing number to choose from, the race calendar is chockablock and with everything from 5Ks to triathlons to get your teeth into, there's something for everyone. But how does signing up for an event trump good intentions?

Goal in sight

Ready to lose weight, get in shape or take up a new sport? If you have an end goal in sight, you're considerably more likely to succeed. With an event to train for, you will have a time frame and a clear goal to work towards. If you take your training seriously, then the weight loss and healthier lifestyle will come as an added bonus. And if you set yourself a goal, work your butt off in training and achieve your objective, it's hard not to feel incredibly good about yourself to boot.


The best way to achieve your health and fitness goals is to make your healthy lifestyle an integral aspect of your routine. That way, similar to brushing your teeth or walking the dog, you do it unconsciously and it feels like less of a chore. If you sign up to an event and follow a training plan, your life will benefit from routine, structure, and discipline and you'll start to perform like a well-oiled machine.


It's easy to commit to a healthy diet of green vegetables and lay off the kebabs, and even easier to fall off the bandwagon once you've had a few beers. But if your diet noticeably affects your performance the following day, it's a really good incentive to eat well. When food becomes fuel, it galvanizes you to cook proper dinners, as it's just more practical to start looking after yourself.


There really is nothing like the thrill of the crowd during an event. Even on a drizzly hill race with 12 other runners and sheep for mile markers, it's hard not to enjoy the camaraderie of race day. It's the one moment in life when everyone is willing you to succeed. It's also the only time many of you will get cheered on by strangers in public, so it quenches a secret thirst for the limelight. Lace up your trainers, strap on that wetsuit and race like you're a rockstar on the red carpet. You've put the hard work in during training; this is your moment to shine.


Entering races gives you a great excuse to travel to cool new places that you wouldn't ordinarily visit. Left to your own devices, you might make it to the pub on a Saturday afternoon. But with a bustling events calendar and a valid reason to visit new places, you could jet off to Berlin, Amsterdam or Istanbul without a second glance. And if you're travelling alone, you'll soon spot the other competitors and find instant companions with lots to talk about.


Many people take up fitness at an important crossroads in their life. Perhaps they want to lose weight, get healthy, raise money for charity, make friends or improve their mental health. Whatever the reason, entering events is an important tool for making constructive changes. Consequently, your new fit lifestyle will attract positivity and you will discover the fitness community is bursting with love. Any time you feel down, need a little encouragement, or want to celebrate your achievements, log on to social media and hundreds of like minded people will greet you with open arms. What better reason do you need to enter a race today?

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