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Get Motivated: Go Watch a Marathon

Over the weekend I experienced motivation like no other.

A friend of mine was running her first half marathon so my husband and I went to support her at the finish line. At the finish line we found hundreds of people cheering on their loved ones in the race. Everyone was elated, but especially those who had just completed the race. There were people of all walks of life crossing that finish line, not just the über fit. I was inspired (along with everyone else that I knew that was there) like never before to get out there and start running. So if you are having a hard time getting off that couch visit the finish line at a local marathon and just observe. It's free and it's inspiring, and it may be that extra push that you've been needing.

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Running-Bunny Running-Bunny 8 years
Great idea....and then sign up for a 5k asap!!
citychic1 citychic1 8 years
great idea!
kiddylnd kiddylnd 8 years
I felt the inspiration when my SIL finished the Danskin Tri. I was so motivated. Unfortunately, I didn't get my registration in on time to do it the next year. I'm working on getting back in shape enough to train for the 2008 though!
Buffy2103 Buffy2103 8 years
This is a really great idea! I've never been a spectator at a marathon, only a participant, but seeing people from all over the country from all different backgrounds coming together to accomplish one goal is an amazing thing. The support from fellow marathoners is amazing too. Runners are always encouraging each other motivating complete strangers to keep pushing on and finish the race. I will never forget when I ran the NYC Marathon when I had stopped to walk due to leg cramps and an older male runner ran up behind me and told me "you are way to young to be walking right now. I know you can finish this running. Come on!" I ran the rest of the race, but I don't know if I could have done it without that push from a complete stranger.
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