As I ran on the treadmill last night, I set a goal of being able to run three miles in less than 30 minutes - I can run two and a half in that time, so I know it's doable. And then I started thinking about running a 5K race, since that's 3.1 miles. I know I can run three miles, it's just a question of how long it will take me. There's a race in November that I could enter . . . so I am thinking about it. (I would prefer December but there doesn't seem to be a conveniently located race that month.) The thought of registering makes me pretty nervous, though, since I've never run a race before. But it would certainly motivate me to work out even more!
At my meeting this week, one of the women mentioned that she had been motivated to control her eating by an event she went to over the weekend, and her desire to look awesome in a special cocktail dress. She said that after the event was over, she caught herself about to eat something she would never have eaten in the weeks leading up to the event, and was struggling with her motivation.
With motivation on my mind, I realized as I ran last night that one of the best things about working out hard is that it makes me want to eat better so that my body has a better source of fuel for the work it's doing. And of course, training for a race would be added motivation in that regard.
Have you run a road race and if so, what should I be considering in deciding whether to sign up?