Benefits for Your Soul

Running a marathon isn’t just good for your body and mind, it can also help feed your soul.

  • Support for a good cause: Many marathons benefit charities and worthwhile causes, from disaster relief to fighting cancer. Running for something that’s bigger than you is a great way to stay motivated to keep training, meet other runners to train with, and make your training and races even more meaningful.
  • New friends: Joining a running group is a great way to meet new, like-minded people. In fact, many runners meet their best friends or even future partners through running groups.
  • Stronger relationships: You can also convince a friend or family member to train for a marathon with you. Training together and traveling to the race is a fun way to bond and spend time together.
  • Being a role model: It’s hard not to respect someone who is dedicated and determined to complete a substantial goal such as running a marathon. You’ll be setting a great example for many people in your life.
  • Gestures of love: It seems like a small thing, but seeing your friends and family on the sidelines, holding a funny or inspiring sign made just for you, is an entirely different and awesome feeling. Running a marathon is definitely a sign-worthy endeavor.

When running for a charity, choose a cause that matters to you. When you choose a cause has personal significance, you are far more likely to be invested in the sometimes exhausting fundraising process. Set small, incremental goals, enlist the help of friends and family, and start early.

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