Why Completing a Marathon Should Be on Every Woman’s Bucket List

I have an age milestone rapidly approaching in a couple of years. So I decided last year that I’d make a before (age) bucket list. It consists of four things:

  1. Become fluent in Spanish
  2. Write a novel
  3. Cede all housework to my children
  4. Complete a marathon

Of those four, completing a marathon is by far the hardest. (But getting my kids to do all the housework is a close second.) Since I hate saving the hardest thing for last, I decided to tackle the marathon first.

Eight months in, I’ve decided that this will probably be the only time I ever attempt this in my life. But I’ve also realized that this goal has sparked several positive changes in my life. As a result, I now feel that completing a marathon should be on every woman’s bucket list. Here’s why.

Why Completing a Marathon Should Be on Every Woman's Bucket List

Why Completing a Marathon Should Be on Every Woman’s Bucket List

You’ll make fitness a habit.

As someone who grew up hating running, I can tell you that there was just no way I was going to start running unless I signed up for a race. I walked a 5K a few years back and the race high I got afterward was so amazing that I couldn’t wait to do it again. I ended up becoming a regular runner for the first time in my life and went on to complete a few more 5K races and even a half-marathon.

But marathon training is on a whole different level. I’ve had to commit to hitting the pavement four times a week, including a long run. And, while there are days that I simply don’t feel like doing it, I have learned to look forward to my long run day. It is truly the best day of the week. It’s a couple of hours of solitude without kids or work or housecleaning and it is amazing.

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You’ll discover your true strength.

I’ll be honest. I’m not ever going to be a size 2, no matter how much I run. I just don’t have the body type for it. And it can be intimidating to get out on a racecourse with lots of thin, svelte runners who look as if they were made to do this. In a crowd like that, me and my curvy hips tend to stand out a bit.

But when I start jogging, I don’t think about any of that. It’s just about running MY race, no matter what my pace may be. And I find out just how strong my body can be. When I finish a training run and I don’t feel like I’m dying, I realize I’m getting stronger. Just the fact that I’m training for a marathon is still hard to believe. That would have been unthinkable years ago.

Have you ever completed a marathon? What did you learn about yourself along the way? Share your experiences in the comments! And don’t forget to follow along with my personal marathon journey over at Look! We’re Learning!

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