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Ten top tips and reasons to run a Marathon!…..

#1 For the Glory!

The Marathon distance is iconic, plain and simple. How quickly you run it, is not as important as saying you were actually able to finish one….Ever found your friends doubting that you actually do possess super-human strengths?? Well then running a marathon will prove you were right all along!….

#2 For the New You!

OK, so you need more convincing?...If I told you that within a month of taking the plunge and signing up for a marathon you will not only feel better, but you will sleep better, eat better and even look better? Not a bad incentive and one that will work for you!

#3 We have you covered!

The Miles don’t lie and you must respect the challenge. Get yourself into a great routine and follow one of our #millionsmoving marathon training plans. Trust us….we know what makes a Great Runner and we believe you can be one too!

#4 Keep a Diary!

Perhaps not in the style of Adrian Mole, but more a record of what you have done each time you have trained and how you felt as you did so! Looking back on particularly hard days and seeing how you got the job done is a wonderful source of motivation as you move through your training plan. It’s also a really good resource for identifying any problems that may occur along the way. Were you hungry before you trained? Did you have a stressful day at work? The more information you write down, the easier it will be to reassure yourself that it’s just a blip when things seem harder than usual!

#5 Feel the love!

Tell as many people as possible that you are going to run your marathon and when it is. Not only will this impress the socks off them, it’ll also help them encourage you if you find the going tough in the depths of your training….(Phrases such as ‘we know you can do this’ and ‘we believe in you’ really go a long way if you ever find yourself a little demotivated during your training)…..

#6 Practice will make you perfect!

A wise old bean once said that the capital of Italy took longer than 24 hours to construct so don’t worry if you still feel a little unfit in the first few weeks of your schedule….It’s called ‘training’ for a reason so, with this in mind, be patient and keep perspective on how long your marathon journey is…..once your body starts figuring out the ‘new you’ is here to stay, it will play ball. So just go with it, give yourself time and watch the magic happen!

#7 Live life to the max!

We have all heard of the quest to achieve the perfect ‘work/life’ balance, well during your training, look at achieving your ‘run/life’ balance too! Yes, you are committing to a wonderful and, at times, intense running journey, but enjoy the view as you progress through it. Special occasions are still special so the odd day when other things apart from running take priority is totally fine. Advance planning so that the ‘day after’ isn’t a long morning run will help too!

#8 Be part of something special!

Feeling more confident that you’re making the right choice by running a marathon? Good! Believe it or not, there are thousands of people thinking the same thing and, given that ‘sharing is caring’, here at the Simplyhealth #millionsmoving hub we love nothing better than hearing about how it’s going during your training journey. Use our social media channels to share your experiences along the way (don’t forget #millionsmoving), and read about others in the same position as you to keep things fun and interesting along the road to your big day!

#9 Be Inspirational!

Just when you thought the buzz of running a marathon couldn’t get any better…there’s more! It turns out that the inspirational nature of your marathon journey is a great way to raise funds for good causes too! Knowing you are running for others as well as yourself is a great tonic and is a fantastic way to let friends and family show how much they admire your efforts. Choose a good cause, let people donate to it as you run your 26.2 miles and feel even better about yourself when you cross that finishing line!!

#10 It’s fun!!

Ah yes….here we are…reason #10…and it’s a grandstand finish too!….Believe it or not….you will have an enormous amount of fun taking part in the event itself. There’s nothing like being inside the barriers during a big sporting event. The feeling of running with thousands of people, and being cheered on by many more, is quite unique and will power you through the tough miles! Be warned though…crossing that finish line at the end of your marathon journey can be an emotional experience, so be prepared to shed a tear when you do! You are now one of the #millionsmoving and officially amazing!!

— Good Luck and why not channel your inner amazing and begin your marathon journey today!!??

Author Business Development Manager, The Great Run Company & Former International Athlete Published on