Last week, one of my favorite bloggers, the adorable Amy from Fitness Meets Frosting (the world’s best blog name) posted about her taper for her first marathon. As Amy said,
“My friend Michelle had contacted me and wanted to give me a race entry because she’s awesome like that (she is pacing the marathon!). Prior to this, I always said that I wasn’t sure I was ready for a full marathon.But for some reason, I impulsively said yes.”
You can read her whole post here
It got me thinking about one of the most common questions I get from runners and non-runners alike,
“Have You Run a Marathon?”
I feel like the marathon is kind of like getting a dog, going back to school, or starting your own company, if it’s something you want to do at some point in your life, there is never a good time, you just have to do it! There will never be “The Right Time.” Life isn’t perfect, therefore, the illusion of a perfect time to run a marathon, or start a company will never exist!
Here is the wrench in the equation for me, that part where you really want to run a marathon at some point…. I am not sure I have that. I just don’t have an overwhelming desire to tackle the 26.2.
There are rare occasions where I think,
“Eh, ya know, it would be fun to run a marathon, I could meet up with a friend I never get to see in a fabulous city and see what happens. I bet I could go sub-4, maybe I should just go ahead and commit.”
The next morning I wake up with a hangover. Just kidding, sort of ;)
Thing is, I am ok with my love of the half marathon. Notice I didn’t say, I am ok with not wanting to run a marathon. That has a negative connotation to me. Like there is something wrong with being a runner who enjoys distance but does not want to run a marathon.
Right now I could write a love letter to the half, waxing poetic about it’s wonderful attributes, but honestly, I don’t feel the need to justify the half, to attempt to give credence to why it is a great distance.
The US has marathon fever right now. I. Think. It’s. AWESOME! How cool is it that thousands and thousands of people who never would have otherwise considered themselves runners (women especially) have picked up this sport and discovered it’s beauty! All thanks to marathon fever.
For the first time, non-runners aka, normal people, know what a marathon is…. a really, really, long race that requires a feat of human endurance to accomplish. A few even know that the marathon is 26.2 miles. When a non-runner learns that you run, in an attempt to relate, the first question out of their mouth is often, “Have you run a marathon.” thinking this is the epitome of a true runner, simply because that is what they know… that and that they hate having to run themselves and that all runners are crazy :)
Clearly, to be a runner has nothing to do with running a marathon.
Running has to with, well, running.
I may love the half marathon, but you know who really impresses me? Not Kara Goucher, but the miler! Have you ever tried to race the mile? It’s hard! I’d take a marathon over that any day!
At the end of the day, why does that occasional thought to perhaps run a marathon, “for fun” pop into my head? Because I am constantly asked if I have run one? No. It is because running a marathon would be a new challenge, one I am confident I could accomplish, but that would test me, push me, make me hate it, love it, reward me, and make me work damn hard. And that is why we run at the end of the day.
So to answer all of those people’s question, no I have not run a marathon. Why? Because I have not wanted to. I may never want to. But if I do, one thing is certain, it will never be the, “right” time, I will just have to say….. “screw it, I’ll do it!”
Have you run a marathon?
Why did you or why haven’t you?
What do people always ask you when they discover you are a runner?