This year, Vision Foundation is taking on two exciting running events; The Vitality Big Half (4 September 2022) is 13.1 miles, and the historic London Marathon (2 October 2022) is 26.2 miles. At both of these exhilarating events, runners will have the freedom to push themselves to a new personal best or run at their own pace, taking in the iconic London landmarks. However you take on these feats, whilst live music plays along the route and a cheering crowd roars, it will be an incredible experience.
So, whether you are a beginner or a little more confident in your running abilities, there are lots of reasons to compete in a marathon (other than to secure a spot on Team Vision, of course). Here are 5 reasons why you should run a marathon…
1. Improving your overall wellbeing
The physical benefits of taking on a marathon are straightforward, you can keep fit, improve your blood pressure and boost your cardiovascular endurance. However, most people don’t realise how important exercise is for your mental health as well. Training hard and working towards a goal helps relieve any stress from day-to-day life. Allowing your mind to focus will help give you a sense of purpose and leave you feeling mentally strong.
2. Achieving a bucket-list goal
Iconic marathons are a bucket-list feat for many. Even though the training and completing can be intense, having the attitude and drive that pushes you to complete a challenge like a marathon is a major achievement and brings a huge sense of pride to those who succeed. Our 2021 Team Vision runners, Matt and Oli, were so proud after the London Marathon that they hung their medals in their offices and living rooms so that they could be reminded of their achievement every day!
3. It pushes you of your comfort zone
Taking part in a marathon is a great way to shake up your daily life, bringing a new passion and focus to your weeks! It opens up your world to exciting experiences, new friends and a fresh outlook on life.
4. Boosting your confidence
Not only will running a marathon boost your fitness, but the buzz after you collect your medal will make you feel that you’re capable of anything! Usually, this mindset will carry forward into other aspects of our lives such as work and education.
5. Running to change lives and save sight
Taking on a marathon is special in itself, but by running with Team Vision, your experience will be even more of a triumph because as you run, you will be helping to change the lives of blind or partially sighted people.
We have a few spots left for the London Marathon. If you can take on the challenge, please email Olivia to get involved: Fundraising@visionfoundation.org.uk