You did it! You signed up for your First. Race. Ever. You’ve committed to the program and will actually be training for your first race. From a sport psychologist's perspective (that’s me), you’ve mentally taken the hardest step of the whole process - making the decision and committing to do something totally new and out of your comfort zone! As any seasoned runner will tell you, on this journey you’ll have many ups and downs. You’re going to have days that make you question your sanity. Days that will make you think “what the (bleep) did I get myself into?”
“Everyone on social media knows I was doing this race and now I feel so embarrassed. What do I say when they ask me how it went?” — Anonymous DNF athlete
CONGRATS on making the commitment to starting a new running or fitness journey! Wait?! Let me double check, you have committed to this thing right?!Well then, let’s back up a minute. First things first, when we start anything new and unknown, our brains go haywire and start to think of all the crazy “what if’s.” Take the Amerithon Challenge for example—it may seem like an impossible goal. All those sneaky voices flood in and tell us why we can’t do it or what could go wrong. Well, hate to break it to you - your brain is actually doing its job!