Top reasons that inspire people to run marathon
03 Sep, 2019 • by Admin
Sometimes the best reason for picking a particular race is just to get the good stuff
If you’re thinking about running a marathon in the future, there are plenty of reasons to go for it! The skills you’ll apply during your training can help to boost your career if also applied to your working life. Not only that, but regular exercise can help you to feel motivated and stay productive.
Running for charity
There are no shortage of charities out there looking for ways to raise funds. Choose the charity of your choice and use your running efforts to raise funds. You’ll be amazed at how many people you can reach through your social networking circles, by email, blog and through other outreach efforts. Ask people to donate a set amount or make a per-mile pledge.
You might consider contacting the local paper, television or radio stations to alert them as to your fundraising efforts. Many have short time slots available for human interest stories and would be happy to give you coverage. You may even contact the charity of your choice and let them know about your efforts. They might be able to feature you in an upcoming newsletter, flyers or other mailings that may further your fundraising efforts.
Make new friends
The running community is amazingly tight knit, welcoming and diverse. Training for a marathon with friends is always easier and many fellow marathoners welcome newcomers with open arms.
Once you make the commitment to the marathon, reach out to your local running club or other runners in your community. The chances are that you will find someone to train with and also make some new and long lasting friends in the process. It's hard not to bond when you run over 20 miles together.
Get better shape
Training for 26.2 miles will help increase your endurance. It will help make your heart stronger, improve circulation, and strengthen your muscles. You will probably also see mental improvements as well, such as feeling less stress, being more upbeat, and experiencing the "runner's high" on a regular basis.
Running is a great cardio exercise to get your body in shape, but that's not all you need. Your body requires three aspects to become fit: cardio, strength training and a healthy diet.
Collect medal and goodie
Sometimes the best reason for picking a particular race is just to get the good stuff! Many races offer quality commemorative medals that are worth running the race in and of themselves!
In addition, most races offer t-shirts and a variety of other goodies such as water bottles, lip balm, power gel, coupons and more. I always save my bibs too. They make great memorabilia.
Travel to new places.
If you love to travel, marathon running is a great excuse to visit a new city or country. You'll get to see a lot of the local area in the race and may even be able to score discounted marathon runner rates on hotel rooms. Traveling to a new destination for a marathon can be a special way to experience a city or country that you have never been to before.
Become a better person
Long runs play a big role in helping you hone your mental toughness and develop a coping system to deal with running, day-after-day, mile-after-mile, in some very tough conditions.
The person who starts a marathon is not the same person who finishes a marathon. You are sure to be a different person at the finish line because you’ll forever know that you have the mental and physical strength to persevere, even during times when you think you can’t and won’t succeed.
Running may help alleviate symptoms of mood and anxiety disorders. Regular exercise, such as running, was found to be moderately more effective than no therapy for reducing depressive symptoms.
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