Finishing a marathon is one of those things that people are keen on doing at least once in their lifetime. Oprah has done it and so has other people from Al Gore to Gordon Ramsay. Running is a fun way to stay in shape or lose some pounds. It's a sport that doesn't require that much equipment or gear for you to start. A significant amount of calories is also lost after the activity.
The benefits of running are endless. It strengthens the heart and artieries, promoting cardiovascular health. Because of the demands of the sport, the heart has to work overtime to supply blood which also promotes elasticity of the arteries. Running also improves coordination. Although marathons are done on pavement, it still takes a lot of agility and body coordination to make sure you don't trip or that you run for a very long time and know where you're going.
Here are some really good books and essential gears that will help you to prepare and train for, and recover after the marathon. Make sure you train with the gear, gel, fluid and any other stuff that you're going to bring on race day. Run the marathon the way you trained for it. Be confident in your training, and enjoy your race.