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Running a Marathon is GOOD for your Career

Research conducted ahead of this Sunday’s London marathon reveals that marathon runners not only improve their fitness through training, but they could also be advancing their career.


The news comes from job site CV-Library, which conducted a survey to ascertain how intensive marathon training can influence a runner’s work life. 


The survey amongst over 1,000 of Britain’s workers revealed that despite the negative stigma associated with burnout resulting from marathon training, a staggering 85.7% of marathon runners believe training did not negatively impact their ability to do their job.


In fact, the research suggests that the dedication and commitment involved in training can have a positive impact on overall career success, possibly even making marathon runners better employees, key findings include:


78.9% of workers believe that the routine of training for a marathon makes employees better able to commit and focus in their career


A further 87.7% believe that the regular exercise outside of work actually improves overall productivity at work


71% of marathon runners successfully maintained productivity at work despite intense training outside of work hours


Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, commented, “Any individual who commits to running a marathon is clearly motivated by personal success, and this level of dedication is likely to influence their working life; a fact that should be positively channelled by employers. As staff spend months honing in on a goal, dedicated to meeting their targets and consistently improving, this change is often seen in the working environment too, as they become better, more productive employees.”


However, there are instances when these types of extreme challenges can be dangerous and ultimately damaging; putting a risk on staff welfare and productivity. CV-Library say this could be the reason why over half of employers (57.1%) are hesitant to take a proactive role in supporting or sponsoring their staff in marathon training.


The job site stressed, however, that ultimately, if managed effectively, runners can use their focus, dedication and desire to succeed to positively impact their careers.

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