Most people understand the important benefits exercise has on one’s health; however, many people find it to be some what boring. Running is an excellent choice for fitness, but many people find that, while challenging, it does not seem to be as enjoyable as other sports, because most people do not have any competition. However, the people, who really enjoy running typically make it a competition. They make new time goals for themselves every week and try to expand their distances over a period of time. Eventually, the elite runners work their way to running in a marathon race. A marathon race is typically a little over 26 miles and runners are competing with hundreds or thousands of other people for the grand prize. This kind of activity can definitely make running a lot more enjoyable, as the competition is stiff and everyone pushes each other to their physical limits. This may sound like an interesting venture; however, people need to realize that it does not happen overnight. There are several things people need to do in order to be in good enough shape to run a marathon.
If people have taken a hiatus from running, they will want to ease their way back into it. This theory also applies for people, who have never ran before. A good starting point would be to jog for about a half-mile, and while doing so people should not concentrate on timing themselves. Depending on how they feel after the break-in run, they can begin running further and faster over the following weeks. It is important for people to purchase a set of shoes that are designed specifically for running, because they will provide a lot more cushioning. Once people can run extensive distances, with relative ease, they should try entering a marathon. There are marathons at both the local and national levels.