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Introduction to Marathon

The marathon is a long-distance running event 26.2 miles long. The first marathon race was organized as part of the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens. Most people don't run a marathon to win, but rather to finish. Finishing a marathon is an incredible accomplishment, which takes months of training, persistence and dedication. Most marathon coaches recommend a 5 - 6 month training program, increasing your mileage by no more than 10% per week, to reach a maximum of a 20 mile run before the actual race, and a total of about 40 miles a week, and then tapering down during the last 1 - 3 weeks leading up to the race.

Benefits

There are plenty of benefits to a regular running routine - running can make you feel good, look good, breathe easier, more coordinated, more energized and it's great for your bones and your heart. Some people run just because they enjoy it, others run to lose weight, clear their mind, or improve their health.

Running is one of the most effective ways to manage your weight because it burns a ton of calories. When you're burning more calories than you're consuming, you lose weight. To lose one pound of body weight, your body must burn 3,500 more calories than it consumes. Since most runners can easily burn 500 calories in less than an hour, running once a day can help you lose about a pound a week (assuming no change in your diet). Of course, the actual amount of calories you burn depends on a number of factors, including your weight and how fast you run.

Running regularly can be great for your heart health as well. Running can lower your blood pressure and help give your arteries a good workout to keep them functioning smoothly. When you run, your arteries expand and contract much faster than they do normally - so you're actually improving the way your body functions with each stride!

Running can also help slow down the aging process. People who run regularly experience slower loss in bone and muscle than sedentary people. Running helps strengthen your muscles and bones so they are not as susceptible to weakening as you age.

Ever heard of a runner's high? Running triggers mood-altering hormones called endorphins that help you feel happier and less stressed. These endorphins can create a euphoric feeling, which is what is often referred to as a runner's high. Running can also give you a great sense of accomplishment, and help shift your focus away from negative stressors and into the present, further enhancing your mood and relieving stress.

Notice how graceful a Gazelle looks, even when it's standing still? Running can actually help you improve your coordination, especially trail running. The uneven surface of the trail combined with obstacles such as rocks and tree roots can make trail running pretty challenging. People who regularly run on trails learn to maintain better control over their bodies to prevent tripping and stumbling while running. Running on a paved road can also improve coordination because it forces you to keep your body upright and moving in the right direction.

Running is a marathon can be a great way to meet new people, since there are tons of running clubs and groups out there, and finishing a marathon can give you an incredible feeling of price and accomplishment.

So, get your running shoes on, sign up and get going!