Running around in spandex for hours upon end while strangers yell at you may not sound particularly legendary. However, as any marathoner will tell you, there are plenty of reasons to get into it. Like...
Pictures of someone triumphantly crossing the finish line are made even better when they're covered in a rainbow of powder.
Many marathons support a charity so any money you put into it goes to benefit someone in need.
Marathons require staying healthy and not giving up. Don't you want your kids to see examples of that?
"I'm going for a marathon" is a perfectly legitimate excuse to visit someplace new.
Aerobic exercise is the best thing you can do for your heart. Get to runnin'.
Want to feel like a total bada**? Do your marathon through pits of mud.
Marathoners don't start out running with stamina. They work toward it. Joining a local Y or running group geared toward the TV-obsessed will start you off slow but eventually get you where you need to be.
Bonus: Because running kick-starts your metabolism, you'll get drunk way faster.
So maybe you never learned Russian or built that 'Stang. You can finish a marathon, though, and walk away with some impressive hardware.
Joining a running group or crossing the finish line with someone who's been at your side for the last few miles can lock you into a whole new friendship.
Look to your left. Look to your right. All those people on the curb are just happy to support others.
Sometimes you need to live a little.
No gym membership is required to run. Just a good pair of shoes and the open road.
What more could you ask for?
That's some pretty solid reasoning, right? Now grab your shoes and let's go.
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