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Finding the Right Marathon for You

If your heart is both set on and conditioned to run a marathon, you will want to make sure it’s a good one. What makes a good marathon? It depends on why you want to run it. However, there are a few basic standards that should be present in any marathon event.

First of all, you want to make sure that it is really a marathon. This means that the course should be measured and certified. The race also should have frequent mile markers and split timers. Water is crucial! Are there water stations at every mile? If not, choose a different race. Also, since you will want to be well hydrated before you start the race, make sure that there are an adequate amount of rest rooms at the starting line.

The next thing you need to do is think about your motivation for running this race. If you are looking to obtain a PR, choose a race that is relatively flat. You should also choose a flat race if you are trying to get a qualifying time for another race, such as the Boston Marathon.

For many people, running the marathon is about crowd support. If this describes you to a tee, than you will want run in a well-attended race such as the New York City Marathon. As you run through the five boroughs, the enthusiasm of the diverse crowds will get you through the race. However, if New York City is not your home town and you want the support of your friends and family, you should probably choose a race that is closer to home. The other thing to keep in mind is that the popular races like the New York City Marathon have a lottery system for entry into the race. If you do not want to do advanced planning, you should consider a less popular race.

That being said, there are many people who view marathon running as a way of seeing the world. This can be a fun thing to do, but there are some precautions you need to take. First of all, be sure to arrive a few days prior to the event. Running a marathon is no fun if you are jet-lagged. Arriving early can also give you time to run a bit of the course, which will give you an idea of what to expect. Also, consider the climate of the event. For example, if you are not used to hot climates, you probably do not want to run the Honolulu Marathon.

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