The 26.2-mile distance is booming, but it might not always be in a runner’s best interest.
Written by: Jeff Gaudette
Marathon participation around the world is booming! According to the most recent data from MarathonGuide.com, participation in marathons grew nearly 10% from 2008 to 2009, which resulted in a record number of 468,000 finishers in 2009. Given the numbers, it’s obvious that running the vaunted 26.2-mile distance is quickly becoming the de facto goal for many beginner runners. Likewise, experienced runners are increasingly magnetized to the popular distance as an opportunity to compare personal bests with their running buddies. When it seems like everyone is training for a marathon, the pressure to run one yourself can seem daunting. However, is it possible that training for and racing a marathon might not be in your best interest?
Let’s take a look at why temporarily reconsidering your marathon racing plans might pay off for you in the long run.