Saturday, January 31, 2015

To Run or Not to Run (a marathon)

As I was getting a pedicure, cringing as she filed my black toenail, I saw an article from a woman who doesn't want to run a marathon. Some people might think her reasoning unfair or even harsh, and maybe it was, but those are her reasons and she is entitled to her opinion. I'm not going to weigh in on her reasons and if you want to read the article you can find it here.  However, she did get me thinking about why I don't want to run a marathon. Here are my reasons....

1.  Time. I  simply don't have enough time to properly train for that distance. It takes hours upon hours to get the miles in that one needs to make it across the finish line in one piece. My schedule is already packed full and I don't see it getting any less booked in the near future. Plus, I am getting fragile in my oldish age and the last thing I want or need is to injury myself due to poor training! Or worse, be miserable during the race due to that poor training and DNF. A marathon is not a distance I can wing. I have run over 70 races and I have not DNF'd yet and I don't want poor training to be the reason if I ever do.

2. I'm too competitive (with myself) to want to just finish. I'm not taking anything away from anyone who has crossed that finish line, but I personally would not be happy with just finishing. It's not my style.

3. I get bored running more than  10 miles and doubt I have the mental focus to get through another 16.2. 

4. I want that black toenail to grow back normally. My feet are already aesthetically impaired, I need my toenails to be normal. 

5. I don't need to run a marathon to validate myself as a runner.  I have run over 70 races and have done alright, but I always get that look from people when I say I have never run a marathon. The look means different things from different people,  but mostly I take it as "well you must not be a real runner". Which is just ridiculous. I just meet a guy who runs 35 miles a week at a 7 minute mile and has never ran a race. Just because he doesn't race doesn't mean he isn't a runner. Bottom line, if you run you are a runner. It doesn't matter what distances you cover, what pace you run, or even if you race.

So what do you think? Do people need to run to races or more specifically a marathon to be considered a serious runner or even a runner?

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