What would you do if someone told you that they were running a marathon? Probably say congratulations. But what about when the person says “Why am I running?” In this blog post, we’ll talk about why people run marathons and how to make sense of it all.
Some people run marathons because it’s a challenge. They want to see how far they can get and what their limits are – just like when you go for that extra mile on the treadmill, even though your legs feel like Jell-O. It’s all about pushing through those final miles with sheer willpower! But some don’t have any motivation beyond finishing – which is fine too!
A lot of runners think of themselves as athletes or competitors rather than participants. To other racers, they’re not just running a marathon; they’re competing against each other in an event where only one person wins (except for relay races). This competitive mindset breeds excellence and focus on personal goals. If this sounds more like you, then you should take the race seriously.
But not everyone is looking to run their own personal best, or even break a record. There are all sorts of reasons why people want to participate in races such as raising money for charity, having fun with friends and family on a long-distance walk (or just being competitive among themselves), or achieving goals set by sponsors – there’s no one reason that can be pinned down! So if you’re an average Joe who just wants to finish without getting injured this year, don’t worry; it happens to the best of us sometimes.
They want to see how hard their body can push itself, show off in front of friends and family that come out to watch them
To achieve goals set by sponsors
For some, it’s a sense of pride and accomplishment after they finish the race. Others may be motivated to run in honor or memory of someone else who died from cancer.
Marathons can also be used as a way to stay fit because you’re exercising for so long without stopping!
However this marathon is not just any other marathon: It was my first time running one too! I did it all wrong with no training beforehand, but now that I know what mistakes I made – which are mostly common ones at that! – then next time should go much smoother…and healthier!
My goal? Just finish 😉 No matter how slow or fast that happens to be!
Marathon Race Tips:
Start slow. It’s better to finish a marathon than not finishing at all, and running too fast from the beginning is one of the most common mistakes runners make.
Pace yourself by taking walk breaks when needed or just slowing down if you’re feeling tired. Your body will thank you later!
Don’t neglect your hydration needs before, during, and after the race – it can be easy to lose focus on that as well as food in general while training for such an event because there are so many things vying for our attention (and time!) All three of those aspects are crucial though! If anything wait until near the end to start eating.
Get excited! Think about why you’re running and how that energy will carry you through the tough parts.
Try to get a good night’s sleep before your race if possible, but don’t fret too much over it if not. You’ll be fine either way!
Keep an open mind – there are so many different ways we can run these days, whether on muddy trails or city streets during rush hour traffic (just two examples). There isn’t just one right path for everyone. Runners like me often find it helpful to try new things in order to stay motivated with what was once routine training.”
Why Am I Doing This Again? Explaining My Love of Running to Those Who Don’t Run – by Mark Remy, via Women’s Health Magazine