Why do people run marathons?

Why do people run marathons?

What happens to the body during a Marathon

Previous questionWhy do snowboarders annoy skiers?
Next questionWhy are athletes paid so much? How can sports entrepreneurs afford to pay so much money to athletes?

answers (4)

Answer 1
January, 2021

Jean Baudrillard, "America":

"I never thought that the New York marathon could cause tears. This is a spectacle of the end of the world. Is it possible to speak of voluntary suffering as voluntarily undertaken They run in the pouring rain, under helicopters, to applause, in their aluminum hoods, constantly glancing at the chronometer, running half-naked, rolling their eyes, looking for death, death through exhaustion, which would resemble the death of someone who died ten thousand years ago, and who, one should not forget this, brought the news of victory to Athens. Maybe they also dream of bringing a victorious message, only now it will be a message to too many and will no longer make any sense: it will be a news of their very arrival, a message, crowning their efforts - a twilight message about a superhuman and useless effort.All together, they would rather bring the news of the end of the human race, for you can see how it degenerates as it approaches the finish line - from the first, well-built, which I can still t fight, to completely exhausted, whom friends literally carry to the finish line, and cripples who trudge in their wheelchairs. There are 17 thousand of them - fleeing, and this resembles a real battle at Marathon, where there were not even 17 thousand fighting. There are 17 thousand of them, and everyone runs on their own, not thinking about victory, runs only in order to feel their existence.

"We won!" - whispers, emitting spirit, the messenger from the Marathon. "I did it!", Exhales the exhausted marathon runner, falling on the lawn of Central Park.

I DID IT!

The slogan of a new kind of advertising, an autistic show, a clean and empty form, a challenge to yourself himself, which replaced the Promethean ecstasy of competition, effort and success.

The New York Marathon has become a kind of international symbol of this fetishized performance, the fever of senseless victory over emptiness, the exaltation of meaningless heroism.

I am ran in the New York Marathon: I did it!

I ascended Annapurna: I did it!

The moon landing is the same: We did it! The event, in essence, is not so much exciting as it is programmed by the development of science and progress. I had to do it. And we did it. But this event did not awaken man's thousand-year dream of space; it, in a sense, exhausted it. The same effect of uselessness lies in the implementation of any program, as in everything that is done in order to prove that we could do it: children, conquering peaks, sexual exploits, suicide.

Answer 2
January, 2021

I'm opening the 2018 running season with a half marathon. Running has become my habit since 2013, so sports addiction has become a part of my life. Running is a meditation 🙏 I'm talking about the lone runner syndrome and how it will help on long distances 🏃

# sports # half marathon # running # vlog # Moscow #AlyonaPere

www.youtube.com/embed /lSwWoK6mAXU?wmode=opaque

https://youtu.be/lSwWoK6mAXU

Answer 3
January, 2021

I've been running for a little over a year. I have only one half marathon on my account so far, but further - more, I am not going to stop, and here's why:

—People run marathons in order to understand what they are capable of and surpass themselves or, as it is fashionable now say, "get out of your comfort zone." Behind this "comfort zone", indeed, the most interesting and exciting things often happen. There, people prove to themselves that they can run 42.2 kilometers, and some not only reach the finish line, but also quite quickly. After the finish, you feel like a superman and realize that you are 100 times cooler than those seventh-graders who smoked next to the school who laughed while you train, you like self-esteem.

- physical form and health. You can't run a marathon from the bay, you need to prepare: train, eat in a special way. No one disputes the positive effect of physical activity and proper nutrition on the body. Those who talk about the dangers of running for the knees and other organs are lazy people who have not sufficiently understood the benefits of this sport.

- a feeling of happiness. Responsible for this are enformine, adrenaline and dopamine, which are secreted by our body as a reaction to stress and possible injury, if there are no injuries, then all these wonderful neurotransmitters provide feelings of happiness and insane joy. This is the so-called "running high", which is compared to the feeling of drugs.

- a positive atmosphere. The organizers and a large number of people are responsible for this. Here you are standing among 10,000 people, wearing the same T-shirts, who have the same interests as you, despite the fact that you are all so different. There will be fans on the track who will cheer, shout, high-five and hold placards. And at the finish line they will hang a medal on your neck, they will say that you are a hero and give you food and water (encouragement, dopamine is released again, and if they still wait at the finish line and hug you, then the fourth neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of happiness - oxytocin) will stand out. In addition, it is important for a person to feel involved in something, and running easily helps to find like-minded people.

is fashion. Now it has become fashionable to run (and in general to engage in physical activity, if the matter is in the marketing of international corporations, if people suddenly changed their minds and began to lead a healthy lifestyle). Participation in a mass (thematic, charitable, emphasize necessary) is another reason to broadcast your achievements (very important for maintaining self-esteem in the era of social networks) to the whole world (well, at least to acquaintances). You can also put the necessary hashtags and acquire new followers who also run, so they will also support you (the running community, see the previous point)

In my case, this is probably all. But I'm sure there will be other reasons for running on a mass race as well.

Answer 4
January, 2021

I haven't run a single marathon yet, but I'm getting ready to run this year's 30km companion race on the GoldenRing Ultra Trail (main: 100km cross country). Next year, perhaps, if the preparation goes well, I will run and 100 km. In this regard, I will tell you about my "why?"

  1. I love to run. I have always loved. When I went in for sports in the off-season, I ran 90-100 km a week, although running does not really help in sailing. There are other loads. But this is my version of meditation. Now I run 5-6 times a week from 8 to 25 km (I have a training program). And every minute of running is my time. The time when I put all kinds of incomprehensibility on the shelves in my head. I don't take my phone with me, I don't listen to music. I only listen to the wind, squirrels and birds. And it helps me.

  2. Running is an opportunity to pause life. This is the opportunity that we have forgotten how to use. We are in a hurry, in a hurry. We do something. And we often forget to ask ourselves the question: "Why?" When I run, I drop out of everyday life. Running has no goal other than the next step. Especially when you run distances close to the record for you. The body and thoughts begin to exist on different planes. And in this state I can easily ask myself the questions: "What do I want?", "Why am I going to work today?", "Where will I be in 3 years?"

  3. Endurance, in my opinion, is one of the most important properties that a man should have if he does not plan to live according to the principle of "work-home-work". Stamina will help if I go sailing around the world. Stamina will help if I decide to go to the countryside and do something with my own hands. Stamina will help if I decide to climb K2. It will be necessary if, God forbid, a war starts. And I don't know a better way to build endurance than running.

  4. I want a big heart :) To accommodate a lot of love ... and blood :) and with developed walls. But I don't want a heart attack. But the risk that he will visit me at the age of 50 with my lifestyle, when I get nervous every day, worry and spend most of my time in a sitting position, is extremely high. This point would be meaningless without the first, as I assume that running will increase your lifespan by about the same time you spend running.

  5. I have such a personality that I need to compete. Otherwise, I'm bored. For me, all life is like a game: we pump a skill, study a level, move on to the next. And we try to do it faster and better than the rest. Therefore, I plan to run marathons in competitive mode. I want to see how my result improves, how ordinary runners are left behind, then professionals, and then winning professionals. Perhaps I will never reach such a level, but I like this way of looking at things, it stimulates me. I do not exclude that this is a consequence of unrealized ambitions in sailing. But does it matter?

  6. Anyone needs goals outsideframework of work. Otherwise, it fades away. For me, chess, which I collect, and running are an outlet. Why not?

  7. Running is another reason to meet and communicate with interesting people. Marathons are a gathering place for such people from completely different spheres. And it's more interesting to talk with people far from running about how you ran 25 km than about news on the Internet. For many, this is something new, a reason to ask a question. For example: "Why do you need this?" This is how interesting acquaintances are made.

Here are my 7 reasons I could think of right off the bat. If I think about it, I'll probably add something else

Related question

Why do people run marathons?

Read more

How much do you need to run semi-marathon?

Read more

Can a sprinter run a marathon?

Read more

Is Running A Marathon Healthy?

Why do people run ultramarathons?

What pushes them to do this? After all, even running 42 kilometers is very difficult. And some run 70, 100, 160 km. Or even whole days and weeks

Read more

Is it true that marathon runners wear their nipples into meat while running?

Read more

Are there any proven benefits of running, including marathon races?

Read more

Is it possible to run a three-hour marathon without a sports background?

Read more

I've been running a half marathon all my life. Is there a chance for short distances?

A sports school, then a school of the Olympic reserve, then an unsuccessful study at a physical education institute, which I never got, nevertheless, they were associated with two disciplines of skiing and athletics. Now I train on my own. On my own behalf, I compete in individual championships....

Read more

The Science of Marathon Running

Why do dark-skinned people run faster than fair-skinned people?

Read more

Why do marathon runners look so weird (skinny, pale)?

Read more

Why do people run out on a soccer role during a match and how are they punished?

Read more

Is it possible to run a marathon in a year of training if before that you had a sedentary lifestyle?

Read more

Can a person run a marathon (42 km) without regular training and with the fact that the maximum distance was 10 km?

Read more

Why do people run the marathon? I ran one to find out.

Is it possible to run a marathon distance (42 kilometers 195 meters) in 1: 59: xx - that is, in less than two hours?

On October 12 in Vienna at 5:00 am Eluid Kipchoge, a marathon runner, will make a second attempt to run a marathon in less than two hours. He already did this once: then his result was the time 2:00:25. 25 seconds! A lot of money and work of scientists, laboratories, brands are invested in his e...

Read more

Why are most people in the gym just walking on a treadmill (not running)?

Read more

Why do black athletes run faster? Is it muscle?

Read more

I can't run. Immediately it becomes difficult to breathe. The face flushes wildly. Is it possible to fix this or some people simply do not run?

Read more

Can I eat before the marathon and what?

Read more

Why do people run the marathon? I ran one to find out.

How do I know whether I am a marathon runner or not?

Read more

Why do hamsters run on the wheel? Do they like it?

Read more