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Why you should NOT run a marathon
October 13, 2015

Why You Should NOT Run A Marathon

With Fall in full swing, the runners are out in droves, running, training, and racing in Fall Marathons. What's the big deal? Why would anyone want to actually go out and run 26.2 miles when Fall is just too beautiful to be wasted like that??

Well, I might not have the answers to why someone would WANT to run a marathon but here are 9 reasons why someone should NOT run a marathon.

9 Reasons you should NOT run a marathon:

1. It entails too much hard work. You know what they say, "A little hard work never hurt nobody." But seriously, 26 miles? You never know what that might do to you! You might gain self-confidence, a sense of achievement, a solution to a half lived life. Oh, no, it's almost too much to handle.

2. You will lose too much weight and gain too much muscle tone. You've seen all those marathon runners. They just look so fit, trim, and healthy. You wouldn't want to be too good looking.

3. You will have an excuse to eat all that awful food that right now you are giving up for the sheer sake of joy. Chocolate cake, pie, Christmas cookies, pancakes, pie, bacon, donuts, pie. That's all you would be eating if you ran a marathon!

4. You will start to become a t-shirt and medal junkie. We've all seen those shrines that runners have dedicated to their race bib and medal collection. Why does it even matter? Why do they even want to display a bunch of papers with numbers on it. That leads to #5…

5. You will become illogical and insane. No words need accompany this one. You want to go out and run every day so that one day you can run 26.2 miles in under 5 hours. 'Nuf said. Crazy.

6. You will have to take a "running vacation". The race weekend will be jammed pack with going to the race expo, spaghetti dinner, visiting with friends and other runner crazies. That's it. A whole weekend devoted to running. Sounds like an excuse to me.

7. You will become too quirky. You will start obsessing about your Garmin, about when you took your last sip of Gatorade, about how you can't have the shower on too warm after a long run, the weather. Like I said. Crazy.

8. You will never have an excuse to give up on something. If you go all out and prove yourself on a 26.2 mile run you will never, ever be able to just bail out on something that you find hard. You will have shown that you have tenacity, will power, and grit and all of those will transfer to all other areas of your life. Darn it, you will just have to be successful at everything after a marathon!

9. Last of all you will have to live with the memory of that marathon. It's something that no one can take away from you. You will have it for the rest of your life. Are you sure you want to have to live with that? So think about it before you just go out and start running. Are you SURE you want to be a part of the running crazies? Yes? That's what I thought! :) Good luck to all you Fall Marathoners!

Let's Break for a Running Laugh

Running News

So, as I'm sure you are all aware, the Chicago Marathon was this past Sunday. Deena Kastor broke the Masters Marathon World Record almost by a whole minute. That makes her 4rth on line for the Olympic Marathon Trials in February. Not bad for 42 years old!

Speaking of getting up there in age, an 80 year old finished his 17th straight Chicago Marathon on Sunday! Would you want to be doing that at 80 years old?

I love these custom mantra bands that can be so inspiring! Creating your own mantra that you can run to during a race can really help to keep you going.

Have you heard about (video) these knew "smart shorts" ? They digitally monitor your performance and form during a run and then tell you how you are doing! What will they think of next?

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