WHAT IS A MARATHON?

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    Marathon is a long-distance footrace first held at the revival of the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. It is a running event with a distance of 42.195 km. Most marathons take place in the form of a road race although there are some that are in the form of a cross country or on uneven roads. The Marathon was adopted as a central part of the modern Olympic program, and takes place in countless cities all over the world today, purely because of its popular appeal to the imagination.

    The origin of the marathon begins around 490BC at the time when the Persians were norinvading Greece. The most popular legend tells of a Greek messenger: Pheidippides who was tasked with the mission of informing the peoples of Athens that the Greeks have defeated the Persians at the Battle of Marathon. His mission completed, he stormed into the government assembly and proclaimed the Greek victory where he fell to the ground and died thereafter due to exhaustion. 

    A marathon is a serious challenge, no matter whether it's the first time or fifteenth time. Runner time should improve with experience and proper conditioning. There are types of races that can be started to condition the body before joining the marathon. A 10km run is a fantastic goal distance, benchmark and achievement for someone looking to start distance running.  A Half Marathon is 21.1 km race and now the distance has increased, it’s time to take things a little more seriously. Spend serious time training for it. Pacing becomes crucial for success as the races get longer.  Have a realistic target time in mind, and always do best to run a consistent pace throughout. Today, marathon races take place everywhere from the North Pole to the Great Wall of China. In America alone, there are now more than 1,100 marathons each year. 

    Runners burn roughly 100 calories of glucose for every mile of the marathon. Over the entire course of the marathon, runners will lose three to six litres of sweat. Dehydration will occur if the fluid lost in sweat is not adequately replaced. Dehydration may occur more rapidly and the risk of early fatigue and heat-related illnesses may increase, especially if the race day turns out to be unexpectedly warmer than normal or if the humidity level is high. After completing the marathon, immune system may be compromised for several months after running a marathon and leave susceptible to colds 토토사이트 and infections. But no matter how others look at it, running a marathon is a huge accomplishment. Crossing the finish line is a surreal feeling that very few ever get to experience. The aches and pains that might experience during and after the race quickly subside and will be left with a wonderful sense of fulfilment.