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26.2 Miles, 30 Reasons Why

  1. You'll have a goal to strive for
  2. You can train anywhere
  3. Give yourself something to talk about
  4. You will learn so much about your body
  5. Your neighbor probably isn't running one
  6. You'll meet a lot of interesting people
  7. You will astound someone
  8. You will inspire someone
  9. You will appreciate your body
  10. You will find that food tastes better
  11. You will find that sleep comes easier
  12. It is a physical challenge like no other
  13. Someone out there thinks you can't, prove them wrong
  14. Someone out there thinks your crazy, prove them right
  15. Your legs will look amazing
  16. Its the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a pedicure
  17. The many rushes of adrenaline you will feel while training
  18. Training for one will be the perfect release for pent up emotions and stress
  19. Make your family proud
  20. Weight loss
  21. Deserve to eat carbohydrates
  22. Show that you are a determined and amazing individual
  23. Explore and appreciate mother nature
  24. Connect with other runners on an unparalleled level
  25. Become more confident in your ability, you'll feel capable of tackling the world!
  26. Bragging rights, for the rest of your life
  27. Running a 5k will feel like a walk in the park
  28. The feeling you will get after crossing the finish line will be like nothing you've ever felt before
  29. Demonstrate your commitment
  30. Because you CAN!

Inspirational Quotes

"I always loved running... it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs." - Jesse Owens

"Out of the silver heat mirage he ran. The sky burned, and under him the paving was a black mirror reflecting sun-fire. Sweat sprayed his skin with each foot strike so that he ran in a hot mist of his own creation. With each slap on the softened asphalt, his soles absorbed heat that rose through his arches and ankles and the stems of his shins. It was a carnival of pain, but he loved each stride because running distilled him to his essence and the heat hastened this distillation." - James Tabor

"You have to wonder at times what you're doing out there. Over the years, I've given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement." -Steve Prefontaine

"The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare." -Juma Ikangaa

"Running is a big question mark that's there each and every day. It asks you, 'Are you going to be a wimp or are you going to be strong today?" - Peter Maher

"The miracle isn't that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start." -John Bingham

Advice From a Running Novice

Max Saylor

Max Saylor is a leader of the Daytona Beachcombers Running Club, head coach of both the Varsity and Junior Varsity Boys and Girls Cross Country teams at Mainland Highschool, a three-time marathon finisher, as well a huge advocate of the sport. He has been a long distance runner for 30+ years and has completed nearly 50 road races. Well known in the running community of Daytona Beach, Fla, Saylor has traveled as far as the island of Maui to enter in a marathon race.

"Running a marathon is an outstanding goal for a person to set for themselves. Anyone can do it too, given they have the determination and dedication to train hard and never give up. Thats not to say it's not tough. It is. You will want to quit, your body will want to shutdown and you will probably question your own sanity more than once," says Saylor.

The best advice Coach Saylor can give to a first time marathoner is to "know when to listen to your body when its hurting and also know when to ignore it while it screams at you to stop."

Max is open to any questions or concerns you may have about training for a marathon or running in general. He has a Masters Degree in Education and Health and Human Performace and is a very valuable source for anything running related. Feel free to shoot him an email with any questions you may have.

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