Spring races are great motivators for cooped-up runners and can be the perfect reason to get outside when the weather is less than spectacular. But for those who are just starting a fitness plan (and have never raced before), taking on too much too soon often leads to injury.
Do: "Set a reasonable goal for your skill level and take small steps toward achieving it each day," says Bob. This means finding a training plan (here's one that will help you finish a 5K in six weeks) and maybe joining a running group. You'll dramatically increase your chances of not only crossing the finish line but also wanting to do it again.
Bob Green's five crucial steps for maintaining your weight and your life