I’ve been trying to convince one of my friends to sign up to run 13.1 in May with me. He’s interested in running Cleveland — but which race? At last check he was being swayed by an outside influence (not me!) to possibly run the full 26.2. One thing is for certain, I will not be running 26.2 this year.
Will I ever run a marathon? Maybe.
Oddly I have not been bit by the marathon bug yet. I say odd, because I’ve heard of so many runners who tackled 26.2 right out of the gate, or made the marathon a goal distance at the beginning of their running endeavors. Popular reality TV shows like The Biggest Loser might even be helping boost the marathon’s popularity. As I head into my third year of consistent running, I’m excited to run anything but a marathon.
• Injury Risk with Over-Training. I don’t want to injure myself again. I’ve battled enough drama trying to run 13.1. Deep down I feel my body is just not ready for this type of training yet. If I decide to run a marathon, I want to be in top shape, running 10-milers and half-marathons like “Ain’t no thang.” I’m not quite there yet.
• Mental and Emotional Factors. Mentally and emotionally I’m not ready either. If I do run a marathon someday I want to be passionate about the distance, yearning for that finish line and mentally in the game.
• Time Commitment. In the later portion of marathon training I would be running 4 or 5 hours at a time for my long runs. That’s half my Saturday. I’m selfish. I don’t want to give up my “me time.” Whether it’s working on freelance writing, crafting or trying new cooking experiments I’d rather not be running that much.
After I wrote down my personal reasons for not running a marathon in 2012, I checked out what the experts at Runner’s World had to say. In a November 2010 article, aptly titled “Are You Ready to Run a Marathon?” the author cites checking several areas of one’s life before making the 26.2-mile commitment, including: time available to train, other life stresses, physical ability, mental ability and reasoning.
My time to marathon may come some day. But for now, I’m completely happy with where I’m at in my running journey. And for those of you who have or will run 26.2 — you have my ongoing support and awe at this accomplishment!
Are you tackling 26.2 for the first time in 2012?
If you’ve run a marathon — are you hooked? Or was one enough?
(I’ve heard it go both ways!)