There are two types of people in this world: those that run marathons, and those that stand on the sidelines to cheer on those who run marathons. Or maybe you're the third type that doesn't even cheer on the sidelines, but stays home and watches marathons of Netflix shows. No judgment here.
For those that do run marathons, it's a lifestyle choice that they get very hyped about. I mean, if I had the courage and strength to run a marathon, you better believe I would be talking about it nonstop and bragging to all my friends.
One man, already entirely courageous ran a marathon along with a lot of other brave people. But he didn't just run the 26.2 miles, he did it in a costume. A very over the top costume.
Luke Bates, a man from London, dressed as Big Ben, the famous architectural clock in the heart of London. He ran the entire length of it as a giant clock and man did he kill it. People laughed, but it was all for a good cause. As if running a marathon isn't already hard enough, he went above and beyond to make the rest of us feel embarrassed that we can't even run in a circle.
Running is not for the faint of heart.For those who run as their main source of exercise, it shows an insane amount of dedication and commitment. And it might mean you are insane because running is straight up exhausting.
It's hard to understand the mind of a runner.
do people running at 6am know about not running at 6am— Chelsea Nachman (@Chelsea Nachman)1472120655.0
It's not something you really do for fun.
I'm sorry if I don't wave or smile back at you while I'm running. It's just that I'm trying very hard to not die.— Kevin Farzad (@Kevin Farzad)1419296041.0
But runners are going to run anyways.
My running form could be described as “drunk woman slowly being chased by no one”— Katie Dippold (@Katie Dippold)1302721464.0
But a marathon is an entirely different game.
[friend is telling me about running a marathon] *raises hand* "So you like did this on purpose?"— Regional Expert (@Regional Expert)1445300241.0
This counts for something.
I'm thinking of running a marathon. Well, I'm thinking of TRAINING for a marathon. Okay, I just want to carboload.— Jenny Jaffe (@Jenny Jaffe)1402451710.0
Training is already so daunting.It seems like a task for only the strongest minds and bodies and it takes dedication and perseverance to prepare your body for the whopping 26.2 miles it's about to run.
Training just means more running.A lot more running! To prepare for more running. An endless amount of running.
So how can we make running less torturous?There's got to be a way to make running more fun, for those who are running and those who are cheering on those who run, which is equally as important of a task.
You could do a color run.
You could also do a Bubble run!
Or the Disney Marathon!
Or you could be chased around by zombies.
So there are ways to have fun while running.You can spice up the mundane routine of running with creative themes so it makes it much less painful for your body and your mind as you run.
But this guy took it to another level.Lukas Bates signed up to run the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 for the fifth time in his life, this time for a good cause and with a great idea.
We've got a lot of runners.The 39th annual London Marathon brought over 42,000 runners who showed strength and resilience as they all gathered to demolish the 26.2 miles set before them.
Lukas really stepped his game up!
Tune in to ITV now to hear from Lukas Bates from #Maidstone - who ran the #LondonMarathon2019 in a Big Ben costume!… https://t.co/AWxqk1k9o5— ITV News Meridian (@ITV News Meridian)1556558124.0
This is not something you see every day.
This is not what you need after 26.2 miles. https://t.co/ZkmJftX0Hv— BBC Sport (@BBC Sport)1556458496.0
He was out to break records.
Lukas Bates had hoped to beat the Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon dressed as a landmark… https://t.co/CdWNnntSEp— BBC News (UK) (@BBC News (UK))1556466953.0
Look at that smile!
@StMirrenDaft Here he is at the finish line, an amazing effort! 👏 https://t.co/LwbfzsnqCX— The Vitality Big Half (@The Vitality Big Half)1552246266.0
There were some complications.
Hilarious #BigHalf scenes this morning when a bloke dressed as Big Ben hadn't factored in his additional surface a… https://t.co/IlTol1aTuF— Ian Williamson (@Ian Williamson)1552221290.0
He also struggled to cross the finish line.
Imagine running 26.2 miles and then your costume stopping you from crossing the line! 😫 That's what happened to Lu… https://t.co/sZVzClJBwx— RT UK (@RT UK)1556530800.0
But he had some help.
@Nell_McAndrew This is the hilarious moment Big Ben (worn by runner Lukas Bates) had some issues getting over the f… https://t.co/Pf40yexHa5— Evening Standard (@Evening Standard)1556468785.0
The officials knew this guy needed a hand.
I’ve watched people have to crawl for a full minute to get the line while officials looks on so they don’t get DQ’d… https://t.co/e2vgaB83st— Deeken (@Deeken)1556461718.0
Lukas embraced the challenge.
His legs are tired, his back is tired and his shoulders are tired from carrying that costume - but Kent runner Luka… https://t.co/LQ2ozpnNgO— KentLive (@KentLive)1556539586.0
It brought a lot of smiles and laughs.
Saw Big Ben at mile 24. Poor thing! 👏😂 https://t.co/eWWyulaHLx— Tanya Whitehead (@Tanya Whitehead)1556461751.0
What he did was very impressive.
If I ever run in a marathon, please, please, please don't let me get beaten by a guy in a Big Ben costume. https://t.co/UAAGFEiHkQ— Anthony Zurcher (@Anthony Zurcher)1556462039.0
His final time was amazing.He finished the marathon in 3 hours and 54 minutes. It probably would have been shorter if not for the wind and the stupid finish line arch getting in the way.
But it didn't break the record.
Unfortunately no new record for Lukas Bates, attempting the fastest marathon as a landmark. But what a valiant effo… https://t.co/3wtoQurlqS— Guinness World Records 2021 Out Now (@Guinness World Records 2021 Out Now)1556482082.0
But it was about more than the record.
How’s this for #MondayMotivation? Hot off the trail of a 26.2 mile run, here our #DementiaRevolution hero Lukas Bat… https://t.co/KWTO7uErZx— Alzheimer's Society (@Alzheimer's Society)1556536968.0
He raised a great amount of money.
Today's the day! We're wishing every single #DementiaRevolution runner the best of luck. Thank you so much for stan… https://t.co/exha4wsN5y— AlzheimersResearchUK 🍊 (@AlzheimersResearchUK 🍊)1556436600.0