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Ep51 Transcript: Finding Races to Inspire and Challenge You – Quick Fix Friday
Andrea Vahl: Hey, late starters, would you like to find a fun and inspiring race to challenge you, but you’re not sure where to start? In today’s episode of Quick Fix Friday, I will give you some great resources.
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In episode 49, we heard from my friend Jenny Neale, who didn’t start competing in solo competitions until she was in her forties, and she kind of got roped in by a group. But if you are looking for an event to inspire you to have fun and maybe pull along a friend yourself, here are some great resources.
First of all, you want to decide what type of event you’re interested in. There are lots of really fun events to compete in. Things like the color run or hot chocolate races, where at the end of the race you get a little cup of fondue. Mm, I will race for chocolate.
Or there’s some things that are a little bit more involved, like obstacle courses or mud racers.
There’s a whole bunch of categories of mud races like Tough Mudder, the Muddy Princess, rugged Maniac, and more.
Sometimes these have events all over the country. Others may be more local to you, and why not make it a travel destination? You may be interested in something a little more serious.
Something like the Camp Gladiator games that has a variety of events, or the Spartan Race that has some obstacle courses along the way. Or maybe something like Deco where they’ve got different. Categories like DEKA Fit, DEKA Strong, or maybe you’re interested in something like a triathlon.
That’s a great way to test your swimming skills, running, and biking. You can do a short sprint event, which I would definitely recommend to start with. I started with a Olympic-length triathlon and pretty much almost died. But it was a good way to train and push myself in a different way.
Or maybe you want to just try running. There are lots of half marathon events, 5Ks, 10Ks, 10-mile events, and I’ll put some links to resources in the show notes here.
Maybe you want to have something that’s a little more fun and themed, like a Disney marathon or something that goes to a great destination like Napa, for example.
Whatever you’re deciding to do, I would say sign up early and commit. That will force you to start training and actually see if you could go with a buddy. I have a friend that we’re going to a Spartan race down in Colorado Springs, and I am super excited. I probably would have chickened out and not signed up if it weren’t for her. Again, accountability helps and make a commitment so that you know that data’s out there and you have to start training.
I recommend any of these events to inspire you to get out and get moving, and you’ll be amazed at how great it can make you feel.
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