It is probable that a lot of runners will have running a marathon on their list. However, they might be hesitant about factors such as distance, time, and injuries. We have come up with a list of benefits of running a marathon, which might help weigh down the cons.

Improved Physical Health

Running a marathon requires weeks of physical training. Regular training improves your cardiovascular health, your immune system, and increases your muscle strength. Therefore, preparing for a marathon will be quite beneficial for your physical health.

Motivation

During the marathon, you will meet various runners who will leave you inspired. You can also make new friends there. Finding yourself with other runners in a marathon will not only lead to a fun run but will also leave you more motivated than ever.

Improved Mental Health

It has been scientifically proven that running regularly helps improve your mood. Running every day helps in coping with stress. Besides this, both signing up for a marathon and finishing it are accomplishments in themselves.

A Better Society

Various marathons support charities and other causes. Lookup for a race that supports a cause that you believe in, and run for a greater cause.

Improved Sleeping Pattern

Running leaves you focused and productive. It can also be a little tiring which means that by the end of the day, you will find yourself sleeping more easily and soundly.

Respect

People who are dedicated to a certain goal, such as running a marathon, and those who work towards achieving the same, inspire others. Not only will you set an example for others, but you will also be proud of yourself for participating.

Personal Development

Running a marathon will leave you with a sense of accomplishment. This will help increase your confidence which will reflect in your everyday life as well. Moreover, running a marathon will also make sure that you become acquainted with runner’s lingo, a familiarization necessary for runners. 

Start by taking smaller steps. Choose a race after taking into consideration factors such as the distance and terrain. Running a race, even if you are unable to finish it, is an achievement in itself. Remember that even if a race does not go the way you planned, it can actually help improve your future performance. 

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