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How to Begin Running Marathons - A Beginners Guide

Updated on January 10, 2013

Running has become one of the most popular activities in the recent years. There are people who are drawn to the competitive aspect of the activity, there are those who like the health benefits the exercise provides and of course there are those who realize that these two benefits work hand in hand making the sport a total package. Those who have yet to try it, often question if the benefits are real or everything surrounding the activity is mainly hype.
Aside from the top ten reasons why running is good for you, below are some insights on why running newbies should try to run and follow the schedule of those who run a marathon.


Each person has a different metabolic rate. Running helps manage a person’s metabolism. Even while a person is snacking on the occasional sweets or takeaway, it can be converted into fuel which the body can burn once out on a run.

Brain Boost

Not many know this but running has been known to immensely enhance brain power and boost levels of energy that allow a person to enjoy life to the fullest.

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Enjoy the Outdoors

The activity since done outdoors, allows the runner to enjoy the fresh hair, the wonder of nature, the beauty f the scenery and even the changing seasons.

Sun Lover

Whether it is sunrises, sunsets or both, those who run will get to experience the beauty that an early morning jog or a late evening trot will provide.

Stress Reliever

Running helps relieve the worries and the day’s stresses. Feel it fade away as your feet pound the pavement.


Keep germs and infections you come across on a daily basis at bay. Running helps increase a person’s immune system. Your body is healthy, fit, and ready to take on sicknesses.


Junk food Free

The healthier you feel and the fitter you get from your daily runs, the more likely you are to say no to that extra piece of red velvet cake you are being offered. People who have developed a running habit tend to integrate a healthier eating lifestyle.

Slim Down

Without realizing it, many people have slimmed down immensely. Aside from losing the extra inches, they become more toned and defined before you even participate in your first marathon.


Need I say more? Everyone loves to be complimented especially when it’s in the way a person looks. Friends, family, and coworkers will notice the difference that running has provided you. You will glow both inside and out.


The first marathon a person completes, offers a feeling of achievement. Since training includes discipline and determination, the same attitude can be applied to meet your other goals in life. This makes everything else attainable and possible.

Why training for a marathon is better than hitting the gym

Exercising is something that not a lot of people schedule. Setting a goal on the other hand to run a half marathon or a full marathon at a set date on the other hand will require a person to follow through with a schedule. This is particularly true if the goal was set with witnesses involved. Many people find the challenge of running a marathon something worth following through on. Hence it is more effective than regular exercise.


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    • Ms._Info profile image

      Ms._Info 5 years ago from New Jersey

      I have always dreamed of running a marathon one day, but the problem is I am not a runner, at all! I guess, though, if I really want to do it, I need to get off my butt and start!

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      SolveMyMaze 5 years ago

      Nice hub. I've been thinking for a while about training for a marathon for charity, but I was tooing and frowing about it. You're right about cutting out the junk food. It's defo a no go when it comes to doing any sort of intense physical training.

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      TinasTreasures 5 years ago from California

      My brother ran seven marathons and then he moved to triathlons because he said they were easier!

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      Megan Sisko 5 years ago from SW Florida

      I have always wanted to run a marathon but the training takes such a long time to be adequately prepared. Life always interupts my plans to run one.

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      Amber Murphy 5 years ago from PA

      I think you offered some very valid points for the benefits of running. I plan on running a marathon one day and the argument you made in favor of running reminded me of how great the activity is.