Little Runner Gal

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Why YOU should run a marathon….no, really!

on April 17, 2014


After watching so many people of all shapes, sizes, abilities and experience, complete the London Marathon, I stand by what I’ve always said…anyone can complete a marathon. England Athletics Coach, Nick Anderson, once said to us that 26.2 miles might seem like a long way to run, but if someone you loved was 26.2 miles way and needed you there, and you had no other way of getting to them, you’d run 26.2 miles without a second thought. We all ran it out of choice, for various reasons, but here’s why I think you could, and should, run a marathon.

The achievement in itself is so empowering. You’ve completed a marathon! There’s nothing that you can’t do now. Crossing that finish line and knowing what you’ve done makes you feel like you can take on the world. There’s no other feeling like it.

About yourself, about your potential, your possibilities. It helps me to step back and analyse situations, not just races or running, but things in everyday life, and analyse what goes right, what goes wrong and how you can learn and develop from it.

Goal setting, bettering yourself, whether this is in running, physical challenges, or anything else. Being able to use a marathon as a starting point and getting better from there means you’ll always be the best version of you.

If you have a cause or charity close to your heart, there’s nothing better than to be able to give something to them to help fund their support or research. If anything will get you round 26.2 miles, the thought of your cause will.

So forget the 3,4,5,6,7 hours it takes you to complete the distance, and think about everything you could get out of it for weeks, months, years to come.

And if 26.2 miles still seems a bit crazy, why not try a shorter distance, a 10k or half marathon? You’ll feel on top of the world once you’ve achieved your goal and you may even rethink that marathon!



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