I’ve been running and doing races for years now. I have completed numerous 5K’s, 10K’s, ten milers, half marathons and relay races. However, there is one question I am asked over and over again “Are you going to run a marathon?” The answer is no I have no desire to run a full marathon. Why you ask?
Why I won’t be running a marathon
I’ve had a number of injuries the past few years and I am finally feeling healthy. I have been able to run longer distances again injury free for the past year. I plan to do everything I can to stay on the road and that means not risking hurting myself again by doing high mileage runs for months.
I love my weights workouts, my kick boxing, cycling and my triathlon training. I would most likely have to give up some of those activities to train for a marathon. Strength training keeps me strong as I age and I wouldn’t want to sacrifice those workouts to have more time to run.
I love running
I love running! I love running with my friends and training for races together. I don’t want to ever not like running. I hear friends who are training for marathons say things like “I have to run xx miles on Saturday”. I hear them referring to their longer runs as a chore. I don’t want to ever think of running as a chore. Running is a gift that I treasure and enjoy and I’d like to keep it that way. When I get to about the 2 hour mark, I’m done running. I really just don’t want to run for 5 hours.
I am very dedicated to my training and workouts and love the social aspect of them. I also enjoy the flexibility that training for a 10k or half provides me. If something comes up on the weekend, I can be a little more flexible with my schedule. Sometimes, I will get invited to try out a new fitness class or attend an event or go with a friend on a bike ride on the first sunny day of the year. I don’t want to feel so tied to a marathon plan that I am not able to enjoy other fitness pursuits.
I like to have pretty feet!
I love running and want to keep loving running so there is no marathon in my future. Does this make me any less of an runner? I don’t think so. Do you?
Tell me-Are any of these reasons you don’t want to run a marathon?
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