Once you start running regularly, people invariably ask, “Do you run marathons? How many marathons you have run?” Does running a marathon make you a “real” runner? After more than 15 years of consistent running and racing, I can honestly say that I have no desire to ever run a marathon. Ever. None at all. Not ever. Am I still a real runner? Excerpts from this post first appeared in WomensRunning.com
I’m Never Running A Marathon- Am I still a real runner?
There is a lot of pressure in the running world to take on a full marathon. However, choosing not to take on the marathon distance does not make you any less of a runner. In fact, running a full marathon is not always the right choice for every runner. I have no plans to ever run a marathon here’s why.
I Love Running
Running is my passion, my escape, and my therapy all tied up in one amazing package. Running with my group is my social life. 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 also enjoy the flexibility of being able to jump in to a last minute 10K or relay race.
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.
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I Love To Cross-train
As much as I love running, I also love to strength train, ride my Peloton, practice yoga and swim. I believe these cross-training activities make me a stronger runner and help to keep me injury-free. I don’t want to give up those activities that I love.
I run religiously three times each week, outside, all year round. I look forward to and appreciate every single run. I love training for and participating in 10K’s, 10 milers, half marathons, 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!
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