Bucket List Idea #1 – Run a Marathon

One of the most popular items we see on many people’s bucket lists is to run a marathon.

26 miles of sheer determination, running a marathon is truly a feat to be celebrated and achieved.

It’s in mankind’s nature to push yourself beyond what may seem possible. To just take one more step, the ultimate metaphor for life.

So here they are:

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The top 5 reasons you should add running a marathon to your bucket list

1. See the world

Of course there are the iconic marathons that everyone has heard of, such as the New York City Marathon, the London Marathon, or the Boston Marathon. But did you know that marathons take place in some other pretty gnarly places? Ever wanted to see a great wonder of the world? Check out the Great Wall of China Marathon and immerse yourself in ancient traditions and culture.

2. Be a part of an awesome community

The great thing about training to complete such a challenge is that there is a lot of support. Not only that, if you talk to most people about why they are running a marathon, 9 times out of 10 their story will be some of the most inspiring things you’ll hear all year!

3. Be in the best shape of your life

Training for a marathon (properly) will transform you into the best shape of your life. You’ll inevitably bring up your endurance and be introduced into many different streams of fitness. From clean eating to yoga and meditation training and competing in a marathon will be the gateway into a fit lifestyle.

4. Get a taste of that runners high

With 26.2 miles of endorphins coming at you when you complete the race, the runners high make all those painful steps you took worth it. Not only that, the runners high will compel you to forget those nasty blisters, sore joints and early morning, and actually want to compete another race!

5. Do the impossible

Running a marathon isn’t a thing the weak of heart attempt to do! It’s 26.2 miles of sweat, tears and pain. But you imagine the feeling of crossing the finish line. The realization that you did something reckless enough to push your body to the breaking point and still survive. You can do the impossible!

Is running a marathon on your bucket list? Have you ran a marathon? Let us know in the comments below!

Sara Ruthnum

Sara is the marketing and community outreach coordinator for Bucketlist.org. She is passionate about all things travel, culture and sports, and is excited to start knocking off some of her bucket list dreams in the near future. Connect with Sara by emailing sara@bucketlist.org or linkedin.com/in/sararuthnum. Check out Sara's bucket list here http://bucketlist.org/list/sara.ruthnum/