I remember watching Joan Benoit- Samuelson run the 1984 Woman’s Olympic Marathon, after running my first season of Jr. High school track. I ran the mile and thought no way could I ever run that far. After running for 17 years and having others asking why run a marathon I came up with a few reasons. Have you ever thought about running a marathon? If so here are 26.2 reasons to go for the challenge.
1. Weight Loss – With all the running/training calories you will burn running, you are bound to lose weight. That is if you also eat healthy and not all junk stuff. If you are already at ideal weight training will help you maintain you weight especially during the Thanksgiving Christmas Holidays when you tend to eat lots of homemade goodies.
2. Mental Freedom – Running can be your time to zone out. When you are out running, there are no distractions, or demands being put on you. If you have children this can be a good time for yourself.
3. Physical Health - You will improve your cardiovascular health which in turn will give you a longer and healthier life.
4. Tones Legs - Running is a great way to tone your legs.
5. Finishing Medal - you will a medal as long as you finish and only 1% of Americans have one to proudly display in your house. Once I ran a marathon and started “hitting the wall” and thought about the medal I would get if I finished- it was a cool looking one!
6. The T-shirt – this will be a shirt you can wear that tells the world you ran a marathon. Friends have told me when they started “hitting the wall” they remember the shirt and they didn’t want to wear it if they didn’t finish.
7. The Photo - Most marathons have a professional photographer stationed on the course that takes pictures of all the runners. Later you can purchase photos of yourself running to show everyone.
8. Helping others - often marathons have a team in training program. These programs help raise money for lots of different organizations. The biggest one is team in training for leukemia they help raise money to fight leukemia. Knowing all the miles are helping someone else will help motivate you.
9. You have something to look forward to – when you register for a marathon you have something exciting to look forward to. As the day gets closer you will be anxious and excited. This is especially true if the marathon located some where you have never visited.
10. Emotional release – Feeling Angry? Frustrated? Stressed? Go for a run and the problems will seem to melt away. Long runs are great to help release stress.
11. It’s a good conversation topic - When someone asks Monday at work what you did this weekend you can say “I ran 18 miles” This will be a lot more interesting than most people who relax and watch TV the entire weekend.
12. Runners High - After running endorphins are released into your system giving you a “high” feeling. You feel like you are on top of the world and nothing that comes your way will bother you.
13. Your neighbor/ friends are not doing it – Be different from the ones you hang around with. Less than 1% of Americans ever finish a marathon. So if you do you will become one of the few.
14. You will love your body - If you have a poor body image and find everything to complain about, training for a marathon will give you a new respect for what the human body can do.
15. Carbs are good – When you run long distance carbs give you the energy you need to keep running for hours at a time without stopping. So eating then are not bad.
16. Dieting – if you are training for a marathon you can get away with the one piece of cake for snack
17. Boost your confidence and self-esteem - Running a marathon is an accomplishment and you will feel good about what you achieved. It will give you confidence to tackle any other challenges that come your way.
18. You can race against “the stars” – every year famous people run in the big marathons, you can see their race results and race against them. For example Oprah Winfrey ran the Marine Corps Marathon in 4:29. Ready for the challenge!
19. You are highly motivated and committed person – training and finishing a marathon takes both.
20. Need structure? – running a marathon takes exactly that. You have to do the training if you want to finish.
21. Enjoy the outdoors – you will be spending lots of time outdoors. You will get to know your surrounding better than the neighbors. If the marathon you decide to run is in another state you will get to see that area as well. You may want to take pictures during the marathon because you will see lots of things.
22. To say you did it - You can say you ran a marathon, this could mean something different for everyone. Some runners just want to finish and others want to qualify for Boston.
23. Making more time for yourself - Even if you train with others you are still making time for yourself. Getting away form the grind of everyday life/work.
24. Time with friends - if you are training with partners you will look forward to this adult time with other runners.
25. Crossing the finish line – You will feel like you just won a gold medal. You will have a range of emotions all at once pride, relief, and excitement. You will be tired but to excited to actually feel it.
26. Doing it again - I have heard runners say it is similar to having children. As soon as you finish you can’t imagine going through all that again. But later you get thinking about running one again and before you know it you have finished another marathon.
0.2 - When you pass the 26 mile marker you realize that you are only .2 from the finish and you suddenly will get this burst of adrenaline. You may have hit the wall or had times during the race that you doubted yourself but you mad it. Wait a few weeks and you will think about doing this all again. It gets addictive and you will want to run faster and see new places.
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