Daily Archives: September 9, 2010

101 Reasons to Run a Marathon

I love this article so much that I had to re-post it. If you are ever looking for motivation to sign up for, or continue training for, that marathon, look no further because here are 101 Reasons to Run a Marathon. This article is originally by by Davy Kestens in Start to Run on his blog RunAddicts.net.

If you think that marathon runners are miracle workers or that marathon running is the 8th world wonder, think again! Here are 101 reasons why YOU should jump in and go for the marathon adventure. Enjoy!

  1. Fire yourself up with excitement and anticipation
    Once you get the guts to register for the marathon and see it bright on your calendar, you will have an exciting adventure to look forward to. Yes, you might feel a little anxious which is perfectly normal but the rush and anticipation of the experience will make you ecstatic!
  2. Let go of negative emotions
    No matter how frustrated or angry you may be, a few miles run is all you need to kiss these unhealthy emotions goodbye! It’s a no-fail recipe. Take my word for it.
  3. It’s a great topic to share
    Your friends will be impressed when you brag about spending your weekend in a 26-mile run. Compare that to saying: ”nothing special! Just another damn weekend!”
  4. Soar high with runner’s high
    Runner’s high refers to the “high” sensation you experience as a result of releasing endorphins into your system after running few miles. The exact number of miles varies between runners but a 5-mile run seems to be the most popular number
  5. Don’t you love toned legs?
    I don’t need to tell you that running is a great legs toning exercise. So, if you take your running to the next level and trained for a marathon, in no time you will be boasting your toned muscles on the beach.
  6. Eliminate “I can’t” from your dictionary
    Marathon running is no smooth sailing. So, if you managed to pull it off, nothing will ever seem impossible
  7. Boost your self-confidence
    An overdose of self-confidence comes in handy with a marathon event!
  8. Dare to dream big…
    Join the elite club of those who master the art of self-discipline.
  9. Lose your weight and gain your life
    Nothing could help you shed these nagging few extra pounds than rigorously training for a marathon
  10. Enjoy looking at the mirror
    Instead of saying: “who is this ginormous elephant wearing my pyjamas?!” your mirror could proudly say:” who is this well-rounded athlete?” If you prefer the second sentence, you know what to do: train for a marathon

If you are interested in reading the rest of the reasons, please check out the blog http://www.runaddicts.net/start-to-run/motivation-101-reasons-to-run-a-marathon!

I hope you enjoyed that. The original author is Davy Kestens.