From Non-Runner to Marathon Runner
Benefits of Marathon Training
You'd think someone who completed a marathon would rave about the joy of running, but this runner admitted she still isn't a big fan. What she did like about training for the race was that it made her pay attention to herself.
"I was able to give myself some 'me time.' Training gave me the chance to take care of myself: I was never sick and felt healthier than ever."
Running several miles a week also forced her to improve her diet. "I ate healthier," she said. "I watched my diet to make sure I drank enough water and ate the right carbohydrates, like whole grains and bananas." She cut out all junk food -- everything from fast food to soda.
Another benefit of marathon training: getting more sleep. "Every time I worked out I slept like a baby!" Hussa said. "I actually missed practice runs on Saturday mornings because I didn't want to get out of bed."
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