Whether you’re looking to push personal limits to beat your last 50K time, or you’re considering signing up to your first ever 10K race. Why not give yourself a challenge? Register for a race and get it written down in your diary. In pen. You’ll soon be reaping the benefits. Here are 5 reasons why you should sign up for Run the Blades right now.
1. Running makes you happy. Fact.
Exercise was listed as number 2 in the article ‘Ten Habits of Incredibly Happy People’ by Forbes. Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes a day releases GABA – a neurotransmitter that makes your brain feel soothed and keeps you in control of your impulses. Happy people commit to regular exercise because they know it enriches their lives and improves their wellbeing. Even on days when you really don’t feel like lacing up your trainers and heading out the door, the chances are by the time you return home you’ll be overflowing with energy due to the release of endorphins – the feel-good hormone. Go on then, a little rain never hurt anybody…
2. Giving yourself a goal with a deadline will boost your motivation to train.
Setting a goal will give you a reason to train harder, will help you stay motivated and will stop you making excuses to avoid getting out of bed in the mornings (trust us, we know that can be the biggest challenge of all!) We understand that life can get chaotic, and it can be hard to find the time and enthusiasm during a busy week. Runner’s World highlighted 12 habits of highly motivated runners, we recommend that you check them out and make a routine for yourself. After all, they do say that a goal is a dream with a deadline!
3. Spring leading into summer is the most ideal time to train (in our opinion).
Arguably there is never a ‘perfect’ time to start training for an event, but of all the seasons, we believe that the lead up from spring to summer is the most ideal. Here’s why… firstly, winter is over and the weather is only going to get brighter and warmer (let’s be honest… the New Year’s resolution clichés never go to plan do they?) As the mornings becomes lighter, you can fit in an early run before your day even begins. What’s more, if you can make a habit of running during these months then it will be a lot easier to stick to training come the harsher winter season. Finally – the spring and summer scenery is simply stunning to admire whilst running, nothing will rejuvenate your spirit like seeing sunshine and colour instead of a grey dreary backdrop!
4. It’s an outstanding sense of accomplishment – be it for a charity or personal achievement.
It’s an incredible sense of accomplishment when you run, hobble, skip or crawl over the finish line. Even if you’re asking yourself ‘why am I doing this?’ ‘Why did I sign up for this?’ during the race, we guarantee that you’ll be searching for your next event before your achy muscles have had the chance to make a full recovery. Run The Blades warmly welcomes runners looking for a new personal achievement as well as runners fundraising for charity. In 2016 we had 17 different charities represented at Run The Blades! Remember… each and every accomplishment starts with the decision to try!
5. It’s a cracking day out, and you get a medal at the end!
All three distances offer a challenging course across mixed moorland and forests, past wind turbines that tower 140 metres above the trail in Europe’s biggest onshore wind farm. Fully supported by Whitelee Countryside Ranger Service, you’ll maybe chance upon one of the hundreds of species of birds, adders or deer that live within the boundaries of the site. On a clear day you’ll be able to see Glasgow and even the coast of Northern Ireland in the distance. What a beautiful way to get your adrenaline and endorphins rushing for the weekend. Oh, and you get a pretty cool medal to show off at the end too!