Living in our Chicago apartments doesn't mean giving up healthy outdoor exercise. Most major cities now offer a range of safe, traffic-free paths for biking, walking and running, and Chicago, in particular, has a wide variety of attractive and interesting options.
The Bank of America Chicago Marathon held every October is one of the most popular races in the world, attracting a host of elite international runners. The city also hosts many 5K, 10K, half-marathons and other full marathons each year.
The Benefits of Running a Marathon
For serious runners, there’s no doubt that the marathon represents the ultimate challenge and a personal achievement to be justly proud of. But beyond that, the intensive training and physical conditioning required to complete the 26-mile distance cannot help but have a positive impact on future performances over your preferred distance.
For the occasional or weekend runner, the challenge involved in a marathon is even more daunting. But the greater sense of achievement, improved fitness and well-being bring a correspondingly sweeter reward.
Aside from the well-established physical benefits of improved cardiovascular health, long distance running also brings significant mental health benefits. The so-called “runners high” is not a myth! Extended physical activity increases the production of serotonin, the hormone associated with a sense of well-being, healthy appetite and good sleep.
Often seen as a solitary activity, long-distance running is actually a great way to meet new people. Joining a running club or signing up for a marathon with a group of friends will make the hours of training a social and fun experience. You can also add motivation and purpose to your marathon challenge by joining the many runners who use their event as an opportunity to raise funds for favorite charities.
There’s no better way of seeing a city, and especially a new city, than on foot. And covering your training miles on its paths and trails will give you a view of Chicago that trains and buses never can.
The Montrose Apartments in Chicago is located in the historic Uptown neighborhood, perfect for exploring the city and providing easy access to its numerous hiking, biking and running paths. To check out our available floor plans, call us at (866) 659-3593.