Like Amy pointed out earlier this week, one of the benefits that come with running a marathon is the travel that’s involved. When you aren’t pushing yourself to the physical limit, you can enjoy a new city and see all the attractions while in town. Well, you can see them as well when running – but you don’t have time to stop when you do. Nevertheless, here are the top 10 marathons to take in across the US. Not only for their notability, but for the travel factor as well.
Several years ago comedian Eddie Izzard trained for only five weeks and then set off to run over 40 marathons in a little more than 50 days. He had no prior experience in running like that, and again – he trained for only five weeks. Most runners will train for a year or so to do just one marathon. He did it though for Sport Relief. He did it for a good cause and that’s really what these things boil down to. Why they want people to endure this kind of physical activity to raise money is beyond me, but thankfully people like Izzard decide to back it 100%. So he did it, it became a documentary and Eddie Izzard: Marathon Man for Sport Relief is available to watch to be inspired.
Back in the day I was against social media. MySpace was popping off when I was a freshman in college and I didn’t understand it – at all. Then I saw this was the way you actually had to live to keep in touch so I made one. It was void of my face because then (and still a bit now) I am not too comfortable in photos. Over time though I found myself blogging more and more and with that came a cascade of social media to keep up with. I hate it. I wish I could write on a typewriter and still make a living, alas I am not Stephen King (that’s what he uses right?). So I’m stuck with having the usual suspects; Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr. It bothers me you need a personal Facebook to have a page but whatever, I like to scroll through and see news stories but what I started to notice in the past few years was the growing interest in marathons on my timeline.
Five years ago a drink or two convinced Amy that running in a half marathon would be a good idea. Since then she participated in several and she’s not doing them alone. Alongside her husband and at times her kids, Amy gets it done BUT does admit that actually running isn’t her favorite thing in the world. It goes to show that perhaps some adults do these marathons and the halves for other reasons other than the actual admiration for moving one’s legs at a fast pace. So let’s learn more about why Amy has decided to make a hobby of sorts out of this widely popular adult pastime.
For some reason over the past few years the number of people in my life who have gotten into running marathons has increased by 100%. Okay, it’s not like everyone I scroll past on Facebook is rocking a tutu for some reason to do a 5k, but it’s still a pretty high number. That’s why there was no doubt in my mind that running was an adult hobby to tackle this week. While I’m still unsure why you would pay to run when you can literally do it for free every day of your life, I didn’t want to miss out on the chance to explore it a little deeper to understand why people go hard when it comes to taking this on as a pastime.