Friday, July 20, 2012

Why this obsession with running marathons?

What is about turning 30 that makes seemingly normal friends turn into marathon running machines? In my latest column, I go exploring into a cultural phenomenon which I find baffling: Marathons.





Why this obsession with running marathons? Read the article: here.
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17 comments:

  1. I feel the same way!! I have a lot of friends that suddenly like running marathons and participating in things like Tough Mudder etc. I don't get it. Running 26 miles or whatever or getting all beat up in TM is not my idea of a good time. Maybe it's something about accomplishment.

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  2. No worries - my friends int heir twenties are doing it too so it isn't just you. I feel like an outsider for not liking to run. However, their peer pressure has worked and I'm currently practicing for a mud run.

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  3. I just ran my first on in June and my friends thought I was cray cray. I still can't even believe I did it. It was both humbling and refreshing. I think people do it to make themselves accountable for working out, having a goal and being able to challenge yourself.

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  4. Haha, I am turning 30 on Monday and I KNOW what you mean!!!

    Happy Friday!
    Emily
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  5. Really interesting, Natasha! Will definitely check out your column!

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  6. I just noticed the other day how many of my friends (husband including) are into running now... and now that you point it out they are all just over 30 or nearing 30 years old... but they are making me want to get into it... if only I could get over my fear of pain! haha!

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  8. It has to be a great workout, I have just never been able to run. I have tried because like you said a lot of people are into it, but it kills my shins. My sister runs almost every day and she says it is a huge stress release.

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  9. This would be a good article for me to read...cause I don't get it! hahaha.

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  10. Loved this article lady! I've been mulling over taking up running for a while. I guess I can blame my age on this feeling since I've never had the urge to run anywhere before I hit my late twenties : )

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  11. The point behind running Marathons is related to a people's struggle for freedom. Marathons are called so for Pheidippides ran from Marathon to Athens to alert her of impending invaders. Some people do it for love of what a marathon means (signifies). Some do it because others are doing it. Still others do it for reasons that are not so wholesome. Perhaps the recent trend in marathon runners has to do with this long war the west is fighting against tyrants/ terrorists overseas. No one is going to tell you the significance of the custom of running marathons (in the west) because (a) people use this inside knowledge to form networks and gain advantages (b) they are afraid of the wrong people getting this information.

    Maybe it would be good for foreigners & Muslims in particular to know these things so they can love the west and all that is in it with the greatest of ardor and perhaps even give up hurtful ways to embrace a way of love and forgiveness. It is hard though because people will not allow us to be free and to get ahead on merit alone , they will not permit us to enter into their "clubs" because we are not as pretty as them. We hope all are pretty and loving. If we are going to be in the west we ought to embrace and love it with all our heart and encourage each other to do the same, perhaps. But it is harder for some people when Muslims (and Jews) give up their hurtful ways and embrace the western ways : sometimes it means that they will not be fighting proxy wars on the behalf of some people (as in Afghanistan Mujaheddin etc. who fought the communists). At other times it means more competition over resources with equally informed people. Everyone wants to be "in" but some prefer to be in AND exploit the ignorant (or take pleasure in others' clueless queries?)

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  12. I would love to run some races, but I can't fathom wanting to run that far.

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  13. That's really interesting!Running is great but I seldom run.

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  14. Just catching up on some blogs and I had to comment on this. I ran my first marathon when I was 33. It became a challenge to myself, to push myself and to experience something that only a few people have. Crossing that finish line is unlike any other experience. There is a huge sense of accomplishment and confidence in training for a marathon and it is very addicting. So addicting that I had to push myself farther and I did my first ultra marathon earlier this year and I am currently training for a 50 mile race! I think 30 is significant because (most) people have already found that job and found that special person so they look for that something else to turn their focus on. At least that is true for me.

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