Recently, reports have surfaced from doctors all over the country which discuss all the various health benefits that come along with running.
I hate running.
I will run only if chased by a bee or a murderer.
However, I have recently spoke to other runners who say that they never liked to run either–it took awhile for them to build up to the point they are at now. “Start running five minutes a day,” they say. Or, “work towards a goal.” This one I like. Hard work is always a bit easier to do if you know you it will eventually pay off in some form, right?
How about a marathon? Every state has many forms of marathons at all times of the year. There are full marathons, half marathons and 5K races (the word “race” is used loosely). Choose a marathon that is something you think you can do–for me, it’s the 5K. After you’ve signed up for your marathon, start your training. Run a bit each day, each week. At the start of each new week, run a little bit more. Eventually, you’ll get there. I imagine finishing a 5K run alongside hundreds of others, after I worked so hard for months, would do wonders not only for the body, but the ego as well. Even better, chose a marathon with a cause that means something to you–Breast Cancer, Diabetes, whatever. Taking care of your physical and mental health all with one race–wonderful!
I encourage you to try it out. If I can do it, you can too. MarathonMartin.com is a great website that lists marathons state by state, cause by cause. Good luck!