Once you start running regularly, people invariably ask you if and when you are going to run a marathon. Does running a marathon make you a “real” runner? After more than 12 years of “real” running and racing, I can honestly say that I have no desire to ever run a marathon. Ever. None at all. Not ever. Here’s why.
Excerpts from this post first appeared on WomensRunning.com
I’m Never Running A Marathon- Here’s Why
I Love Running
Running is my passion, my escape, my therapy and my social life wrapped up into one amazing package.I look forward to each and every run and enjoy it with all my heart. I don’t ever want to feel like running is a chore or that I “have to” run a certain number of miles. That would turn running into an obligation for me and I have enough of those.
I Am Injury-Prone
Boy have I learned the hard way that my body is not designed for marathon miles. I have had my share of overuse injuries when I’ve significantly increased my mileage. My body is pretty happy running a moderate amount of miles–and so am I.
I Love To Cross-train
As much as I love running, I also love to strength train, ride my bike, practice yoga and swim. I believe these cross-training activities make me a stronger runner and keep me injury free.
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I religiously run three times each week, outside all year round. I look forward to and appreciate every run that I go on. I love training for and participating in 5k’s, 10K’s, 10 milers, Triathlons and Relay races. I have no desire, at all, to run a marathon ever. Am I a still real runner? You bet I am!
I won’t be offended if you don’t agree! Tell me, Am I still a real runner if I never run a marathon? Do you consider yourself a real runner?