Half Marathon’s are becoming the entry point for all levels of runners. Having both the half and full marathon as options for our runners allows them to bite off one or two in a year. Some will graduate to the marathon level while others will find their satisfaction in the half alone. Either way, it is pretty evident that over the past 5 years, the half or full marathon is becoming popular for runners of all ages and fitness levels. Whether one decides to run/walk the entire distance or run the race for a personal best, all you have to do is a Google search on the word “half or full marathon” and a litany of results comes up for it. Everything from training groups for men and women, to sites that help any individual prepare and train for their first half or full marathon, to the long list of events that are available from shore to shore. Some are for-profit in nature yet have an incredible venue, while others support special endeavors and charities. It is all up to the runner what he/she wants to do. Choices, choices, choices…
I guess it is safe to say that the half and full marathon has found its niche amongst many, especially women, who are now rising up in larger groups and doing several each year. It is also safe to say that the level of athlete is also increasing. Personal bests are now the rage amongst the top 5% elite athletes who are sponsored by companies trying to get their brand out there, and they even pay entry fees and other amenities for top finishes. Let’s face it, when that person is on the podium receiving their award, It is a very exhilarating emotion for them, and those who see the brand/logo on the athlete’s jersey quickly associate that product with greatness.
There is something to be said about completing 13.1 or 26.2 miles, giving it your all, and recording your time. It marks a choice you decided to make and a personal conquest that you endeavored to complete. Many say that it translates across into real life situations and circumstances that one finds him/herself in. It helps you sharpen those decision making skills. Absolutely!
At the end of the day, whether running for fun or competing, one can be proud of the fact that they are participating in something that makes a difference in their life makes them push themselves to limits they might not have pushed themselves to before.