It is marathon season and in honor of our collective love of running, we decided that this week, our theme would be five reasons to run _____. Obviously, I’m writing about the marathon because they are awesome and also because Mar is running her first on Sunday! I’m so excited for her and for Nevie, and Kristen and Sue and Helly and allllll of my other buddies who are also running MCM. If you’re running shout it out because I’ll be there cheering! Per usual, I’m linking up with my girls Cynthia and Mar for the #Friday Five. You can read our linkup rules here. Please note that if you don’t play nicely, we will delete your link. Have a great weekend!
- The sense of accomplishment. Running a marathon is a wonderfully amazing physical feat. When you inevitably cross that finish line, you will be beyond proud of yourself. Setting a goal and accomplishing it — whether it takes 3 hours or 4 hours or 7 hours — is one of the best feelings in the world. I honestly think that when that goal is a marathon, it feels 26.2 times better.
- Your confidence will grow. While training for a first marathon, every long run is a new mileage record. It will likely be your first time running 16/18/20 miles. You will feel like such a rock star each time you ramp up to the distance to a number that previously seemed impossible to you! After the race, you will be able to think: “Hey, I ran a marathon. I can do anything.” At least that’s what I tell myself multiple times a day. 🙂
- You will make new friends. While training for a marathon, chances are you will find a training partner. You will start to see the same runners on your trails. You may join a training group. Or maybe you will somehow stumble across other runners who are training for the same race as you are. I have met so many awesome folks while training for and running marathons, and you will too. You may even be as lucky as I was and come across your very own race angel. A lot can happen in 26.2 miles – I’d be surprised if you ran a marathon and didn’t make a new friend!
- You will inspire others. In the 11 months since I ran my first marathon, I’ve inspired a coworker and my husband to both sign up for the marathon that was my first (The Richmond Marathon, if you’re looking for a great race). I’ve inspired another coworker to run his first 5k. I have started a running group at my church. It’s pretty awesome to be able to share my love of running with others, and I guarantee you’ll do the same when you train for a marathon. And yes, a part of that will be because you will talk about it all the time…but that’s cool, right? :).
- You will feel justified in eating ALL THE THINGS. Now I’m gonna be honest. Most people don’t lose weight while training for their first marathon. It’s really hard to lose weight while you are running ALL THE MILES. What typically happens is you’ll gain lots of muscle but won’t really lose any pounds because you are hungry all the time. Don’t stress it – you deserve it! At least that’s what I tell myself 🙂
A version of this post originally appeared on Women’s Running magazine.
What are your five reasons to run _____? I can’t wait to read em! And good luck to all racing this weekend!