26 Reasons to Run a Marathon
1. You’ll stay motivated to run.
2. You can achieve a life-long goal.
3. You’ll improve your health.
4. You can raise awareness and money for a good cause.
5. You can prove to your high school gym teacher (or anyone else who doubted you) that you’re an athlete.
6. You can get in better shape.
7. You’ll sleep better.
8. You’ll have a lifetime of bragging rights.
9. You’ll stay busy.
10. You’ll have a great excuse to buy new running clothes.
11. You’ll be a great role model.
12. You’ll get a medal and cool shirt.
13. People will make signs for you.
14. You’ll be distracted.
15. You’ll meet new people.
16. Or, you can spend time with family and friends.
17. You’ll gain confidence you never knew you had.
18. You’ll find new places to run.
19. You can travel to cool, new places.
20. You will most definitely be inspired along the way.
21. You can indulge a little after your long runs.
22. You’ll better understand runners’ lingo.
23. You’ll tone your legs.
24. You can get guilt-free massages.
25. You’ll have an amazing feeling of accomplishment.
26. The experience will change you.
26 Motivational Quotes to Get You Through Your Marathon
1. “No one said this would be easy, just know that nothing beats the feeling of accomplishment.”
2. “You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.”
3. “The only one who can tell you ‘you can’t ‘ is you. And you don’t have to listen.” -Nike
4. “Pain is just weakness leaving the body.”
5. “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up.” -Vince Lombardi
6. “Good things come to those who wait… greater things come to those who are willing to work for it.”
7. “I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy… I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.”
8. “Marathoning. The triumph of desire over reason.” -New Balance
9. “It’s going to get harder before it gets easier. But it will get better, you just have to make it through the hard stuff first.”
10. “Even when you have gone as far as you can, and everything hurts, and you are staring at the specter of self-doubt, you can find a bit more strength deep inside you, if you look closely enough.” -Hal Higdon, running coach and author
11. “When I do the best I can with what I have, then I have won my race.” -Jay Foonberg, 72-year-old runner
12. “You’re stronger than you think you are and you can do more than you think!”
13. “You made it to the START, you will make it to the FINISH.” -sign seen at a marathon
14. “One day I won’t be able to do this, today is not that day.” -Unknown
15. “There is a moment in every race. A moment where you can either quit, fold, or say to yourself, ‘I can do this.'” -Gatorade Ad
16. “Victory is paid for in sweat, courage, and preparation.” -Nike
17. “I never feel more alive than when I’m in great pain, struggling against insurmountable odds and untold adversity. Hardship? Suffering? Bring it!” -Dean Karnazes
18. “You don’t have to go fast; you just have to GO.” -Unknown
19. “Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running.” -Kara Goucher
20. “The marathon. How an average runner becomes more than average.” -New Balance
21. “If you can dream it, you can do it.” -Walt Disney
22. “First you feel like dying. Then you feel reborn.” -Asics, on running marathons
23. “The person who starts the race is not the same person who finishes the race.” -Seen on a marathon spectator sign
24. “Pain is temporary, pride is forever.”
25. “Stop being tired and start being awesome.”
26. “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”
10 Things to Know Before Running a Marathon
1. You don’t have to run for 26.2 miles.
2. Wearing the right running shoes and sports bra makes a big difference.
3. You shouldn’t run 26 miles in training.
4. You’ll have to train in some bad weather.
5. You’ll have to make some sacrifices.
6. You need to carry fluids during training runs.
7. You don’t have to hit the wall.
8. Marathon training is not a guarantee for weight loss.
9. You may have to go to the bathroom in an undesirable location.
10. Not everyone will support your marathon training.
5 Rookie Marathon Mistakes to Avoid
1. Don’t try something new on race day.
2. Give yourself plenty of time at the start.
3. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
4. Don’t forget to smile.
5. Don’t start out too fast.
Top 10 Marathon Fears (And How to Get Over Them)
Marathon Fear #1: Not Finishing
Marathon Fear #2: Deferment
Marathon Fear #3: Coming in Last
Marathon Fear #4: Getting Injured
Marathon Fear #5: Getting Lost
Marathon Fear #6: Bad Weather Conditions
Marathon Fear #7: Hitting the Wall
Marathon Fear #8: Bathroom Emergencies
Marathon Fear #9: Chafing, Blisters, and Black/Lost Toenails
Marathon Fear #10: Wardrobe Malfunctions
26 Thoughts You Have During a Marathon
Mile 1: Wow, that felt easy.
Mile 2: Another easy mile. I’m totally rocking this.
Mile 3: Who said marathons are hard?
Mile 4: Love this song!
Mile 5: Whoops…spilled a little. Better take it a little slower through the water stops.
Mile 6: Six miles already? That totally flew by.
Mile 7: Should I stop at that porta-potty? Nah, I’m good.
Mile 8: Best sign ever. Marathon spectators rock.
Mile 9: I’m totally doing this again.
Mile 10: Double digits, baby!
Mile 11: Wonder if there are flatter marathons.
Mile 12: Should have used that porta-potty when I saw it.
Mile 13: Whoa. Double my half time is an awesome marathon time. See if I can hold this pace.
Mile 14: Would be drinking a beer instead of Gatorade right now if I did the half.
Mile 15: Still passing people. Still on track.
Mile 16: This is getting a little boring.
Mile 17: Hmmm….kinda wishing I did the half instead.
Mile 18: Did I say I wanted to do this again? I take that back. I’m never doing this again.
Mile 19: Yep, blisters on both feet now. Stop to get a Band-Aid? No, must keep moving.
Mile 20: Focus. Just a 10K to go. Think about a body part that doesn’t hurt. Left pinky finger.
Mile 21: Did I miss the mile marker? Should…have…seen…it…by…now.
Mile 22: Can’t you even at least give me a thumbs up? A smile? Useless spectators.
Mile 23: Seriously, are these miles getting longer now?! Who marked this course?
Mile 24: They had to put a hill towards the end?!
Mile 25: One more mile. Anyone who tells me that I’m “almost there” will get a hand across the face.
Mile 26: Longest .2 miles of my life! Now gimme that medal! Maybe I will do this again…
10 Marathon Running and Training Mistakes to Avoid
Marathon Mistake #1: Don’t run a marathon on a dare.
Marathon mistake #2: Don’t overtrain.
Marathon mistake #3: But don’t undertrain.
Marathon mistake #4: Don’t give yourself license to eat whatever you want.
Marathon mistake #5: Don’t let the course be a surprise.
Marathon mistake #6: Don’t focus too much on your time.
Marathon mistake #7: Don’t be unprepared for different types of weather.
Marathon mistake #8: Don’t skip the tapering period.
Marathon mistake #9: Don’t start out too fast.
Marathon mistake #10: Don’t try out something new on race day.
5 Things Mentally Strong Runners Do
1. They learn from a bad race and then move on.
2. They focus on their own performance, not others’.
3. They tune out negative people.
4. They think about the things they can control.
5. They think about what they’ve done to prepare.
4 Ways to Be a More Resilient Runner
1. Focus on your weaknesses.
2. Run with a purpose.
3. Face your fears.
4. Be a grateful runner.
7 Ways to Dig Deeper During Runs
1. Keep it in perspective.
2. Find a running buddy.
3. Remember your pride.
4. Focus on your form.
5. Think about your reward.
6. Count your blessings.
7. See other competitors as your friends.
10 Things Runners Should Stop Doing
1. Stop running in the wrong shoes.
2. Stop ignoring pain.
3. Stop giving yourself a license to eat whatever you want.
4. Stop saying, “I’m not a real runner.”
5. Stop skipping your warm-up.
6. Stop running without hydrating.
7. Stop running on an empty stomach.
8. Stop comparing yourself to other runners.
9. Stop getting stuck in a rut.
10. Stop expecting a PR in every race.