Starting a running routine already requires that you keep yourself motivated enough to run a few times a week. Eventually, you'll sign up for your first race. In order to keep yourself going, The Wall Street Journal recommends you sign up for another right away.
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The idea here is that after you finish your first race you're going to get bored and lose motivation. The fix is to simply not let that happen:
Mr. McGlynn says he advises runners to sign up for a second race well in advance of their first 5k or 10k. That way, he says, they immediately have another goal to train for.
"A 10k doesn't take a lot of rest. A day or so and you can get back into training," says Bill Roberts, director of the University of Minnesota St. John's Hospital Family Medicine Residency and medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon.
If you have a second race scheduled right away, you'll be able to get back to work right when you recover. This should help you stick with your routine and give you something to look forward to.
The Best Ways to Ramp Up to a Marathon [The Wall Street Journal]