9 Reasons Why I am Going To Run a Marathon
|June 13, 2013||Posted by Carrie under marathon training|
I quietly mentioned a few weeks ago that I’m contemplating running a marathon. I am still only quietly talking about it. But, I’m getting a little louder.
The 9 reasons why I am going to run a marathon (I was originally going to title this post “Why I Want to Run a Marathon”, but I decided I needed to start with the positive self-talk and say I am Going to do It – although my husband just pointed out that if I haven’t completely decided that I’m going to do this, then maybe my first title was more accurate – ok, obviously, this decision is going around and around and around in my head)
1. The thought scares me. But, it also excites me. I can already imagine how happy I’ll be to cross the finish line. But, it scares me. 26.2 miles is a crap ton of miles. The amount of miles that I’d run before even reaching the starting line is a tiny bit less scary.
2. I need a fitness goal. I’m happily doing strength training – BBB starts next week and I’m loving the muscle building. I’ve got myself into a great routine of working out. But, it’s rather aimless. I need a goal.
3. The thought of a marathon scares me. I’ve run 5 half marathons. That distance never truly felt scary. I never had a little flip in my stomach when I thought about the distance. I think deep down I always knew I could do it. There were times that it was hard. But, I never ever thought I couldn’t do it. Even during my last race, which was admittedly unpleasant (but, a little like childbirth, the painful memories are gone), I never doubted that I could finish. I tend to choose a goal that I know I can conquer… this is out of my comfort zone to go after something so challenging.
4. I’m slow. I get hurt often. But, running at a comfortable pace makes me happy. I enjoy long runs, but the thought of training for another half marathon is totally unappealing to me. I feel like I’m going to get frustrated by training for another half marathon. By running a marathon, I know I’m not going to have a time goal. I want to train to finish. I want to say that I did it. When I told Dancing Girl that I was thinking about this, she said that it was cool – that not many people in the world have finished a marathon. She said “it’s like a bucket list item, not my bucket list, but I think it’s cool if you do it”.
5. This guy - I read this article in last month’s Runners World – Bret Dunlap was in a horrible accident when he was 6, leaving him with brain damage and a broken body. He was told that he’d never walk again and that his brain would not develop past that of an 8 year old. After building a quiet life for himself, he started running at the age of 42. He’s now run 3 marathons, a half-marathon and 6 10K’s. He runs with a limp as he doesn’t have full control over one side of his body. He finished his first marathon in 5:39. Go read his story.
6. What’s that saying: “Do Something Every Day that Scares You”. I think this covers it. It’s that scary but exciting feeling. I can do this. I want to cross that finish line and say “I did it!”
7. I’ll happily admit that I’ll do it for the bling, too. Really – I looked at all my local races and it helped me narrow my options down to the 2014 LA Marathon. Awesome medal. Besides, I can also put a 26.2 on my car. My BRF (best running friend) is equally crazy as me and thinks she might do it too.
8. Running the LA Marathon means that my family can sleep in and still be there to cheer me on at the finish.
9. Now that I have seen the light of ART treatment, I think it could be my not-so-secret weapon to make it through uninjured. More on my injury self analysis in another post.
There are still some details to work out – If I do the training plan I’m contemplating, I have another 2 months to get things together.
What was the last thing you did that you felt scared to do?
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