How to Prepare for a Competition 45

Simple Ways on How to Make Running a Habit That You Can Stick To

The following article is a guest post.

Confession: I’ve spent several nights watching (OK, obsessing) over inspiring videos promoting races and competitions.

There is The Spartan Race and Tough Mudder, various marathons, the Color Run, MMA meets, triathlons, 5K’s and more.

There’s something for everyone and training for one, either alone or as a team, can motivate you to keep up with workouts. Imagine yourself among the people, the excitement, the cheering, the sweat, finishing and feeling accomplished.

If this sounds like fun, what are you waiting for? Read on to get started.

Do Your Research

There are many events to choose from. Do your research to figure out which is best for you. Consider:

  • The Event

What type of competition are you looking for?

Do you want to run, go through an obstacle course, lift, or play a sport? Do you want to participate for a cause or just for fun?

Look up upcoming events in your area and pick one that excites you when you read about it.

  • Your Level

You know yourself best. Consider what you are capable of at the moment and be realistic in deciding what you can achieve before the event.

For example, it’s feasible to sign up for a 5K taking place in a month if you are a beginner runner, but will you be able to successfully train for a half-marathon in the same amount of time?

Push yourself outside your limits, but remember that doing too much too fast can result in injury like Plantar Fasciitis or the Runner’s Knee. Be wise in your choices!

  • Requirements/Eligibility

Some events require you to participate in smaller, similar events first. Don’t let that stop you. Work your way up to it!

  • Price

Some events can have a hefty price tag, reaching into the hundreds.

Think about how much you are willing to pay, as well as where the money is going.

For example, is it going to a charity, or to fund research on a specific topic? Portions of funds often go to pay for post-even snacks and drinks, t-shirts or other incentives.

Sign Up For It!

Dreaming and talking about a competition is not the same as actually signing up for it.

If you have your eye on one, secure a spot as fast as you can! Many events offer early-bird specials that you can take advantage of.

Once you sign up and pay for it, you have a real, concrete goal to work towards and no excuses not to train for it.

Even if you don’t feel prepared by race day, you should still go and participate. The bottom line is not to finish with the best time or top of your division. Just have fun, try something new, and push yourself a little bit!

Plan Your Training

Organize your training the same way you would plan for a large project. Think about:

  • The Requirements

What will the event consist of?

Will you have to run, lift, have good endurance, be strategic? Train and practice what you will have to do the day of the event.

  •  Weaknesses/strengths

Once you know what you have to do, consider your strengths and weaknesses.

What factors will you have to work on and what do you already have under your belt?

For example, you might have the endurance for an obstacle course, but do you have the upper body strength to get through some of the obstacles?

Also think about fears you’d need to overcome. If you’re scared of heights, climbing a ten foot wall might be something to focus on when training.

  • Timing

Make a timeline for training. List what you will work on each week before the competition, and then break it down even further into specific routines.

When it comes time to do them, forget the excuses and get your workouts done. Be realistic with your goals and plan for set backs too.

Remember to reassess your status every so often and make training adjustments as necessary.

  • Nutrition

Don’t forget that your diet is a big part of training, affecting your performance and results. Arduous training requires additional calories, and more water. Adjust your caloric needs and pay attention to how your body feels.

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Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips on Getting a Business Off The Ground 8

How Writing a Blog Can Help You Live the Life You Dream About

Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.


Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.


Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.