The exhaustion you feel after finally crossing the finish line at a marathon is like nothing you have felt before. You are completely drained physically, mentally, and emotionally. Your legs hurt to the bone, at the same time you are gasping for air while your throat screams for moisture. All of this is a small price to pay for the overwhelming feeling of self pride and accomplishment you are overcome with. Running the marathon is only half of the process. Training is very important with steps such as finding motivation, diet, safety, stretching, and last preparations the day of the marathon. With many physical, mental, and social benefits the hardship is well worth it. I greatly enjoy running and hope to one day run a full marathon.
Running may be one of the oldest and most developed sports out there. According to legend, the first marathon was run unintentionally in 490 B.C. by a Greek Soldier(James). The soldier ran twenty-five miles to Athens to announce battleground victory over the persians then dropped dead(James). In 1896 the marathon was included in the Olympic games, in Greece, for the first time(James). It was there that the first gold was won by a Greek runner with a time of two hours fifty-eight minutes and fifty seconds(James). The current world record for the fastest finish is two hours three minutes and fifty-nine seconds(James). Marathoning has turned into a world wide activity and every person who participates must endure intense training.
Training for a marathon is a huge commitment which calls for a large amount of time, energy, and physical strain. The key to training is staying motivated, practicing safe and smart training, and following a nutritious diet(“How to Train for a Marathon”). First you must find your motivation. Whether it be to raise money for a certain cause, for your own health, or just trying to cross it off of your bucket list. Staying motivated is very difficult when you’re exhausted. Keeping the great benefits of running on mind may be a great motivator. Remember things like running can help clear your mind, boost energy, and help with sleep(Marks). Running stimulates chemicals in your brain, Serotonin, Dopamine, and Endorphins, that make you feel happy and relaxed(Marks). Running can also boost self esteem(Marks). Your motivation will help you with your physical training but you will also need it to stick to your new diet.
Diet is a very important part of training. The amount of running you will be doing will require you to have proper nutrition. Carbohydrates are fuel for running(Burton). The higher your average daily training time the more carbohydrates you need to be taking in. Lack of carbohydrates means fatigue and inability to train(Burton). Protein is also very important to your diet during this time. Protein helps with muscle growth and repair. Many runners also practice “fat loading”(Fitzgerald). This is when you consume large amounts of fat rich foods, such as...