Wondering what marathon fuss is all about? It turns out there are plenty of reasons to join in on the long run.
Photo credit: monkeybusinessimages / iStock / 360 / Getty images
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.
It’s for a good cause
Many marathons support a charity so any money you put into it goes to benefit someone in need.
You can inspire your kids
Marathons require staying healthy and not giving up. Don’t you want your kids to see examples of that?
You’ll (possibly) have a chance to explore a new city
“I’m going for a marathon” is a perfectly legitimate excuse to visit someplace new.
There are health benefits to running
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.
Those couch to 5k programs are great ways to get in shape
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.
Someone will definitely buy you a beer afterward
Bonus: Because running kick-starts your metabolism, you’ll get drunk way faster.
The first meal after a marathon will be the most guilt-free meal of your life
Finishing brings self-confidence… and usually a medal
So maybe you never learned Russian or built that ‘Stang. You can finish a marathon, though, and walk away with some impressive hardware.
You’ll make new friends
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.
It’ll restore your faith in humanity
Look to your left. Look to your right. All those people on the curb are just happy to support others.
You’ll be put out of your comfort zone
Sometimes you need to live a little.
Learning to run a marathon is cheaper than joining a gym
No gym membership is required to run. Just a good pair of shoes and the open road.
It’s one of the only places where it’s still acceptable for adults to pee their pants
What more could you ask for?
Because you can
That’s some pretty solid reasoning, right? Now grab your shoes and let’s go.