Putting my money where my marathon dreams are

I planned a quick, easy recovery run today, but it went so well that I just kept going (again). Now that this is feeling easy (how did this even happen?) it’s time to turn up the intensity. This one started as a slow run and turned into a progression run– first 15 minutes at an easy pace, then 10 minutes at a harder pace, then 5 minutes easy again, then 8 minutes at a challenging pace, then the last 2 fast. All told, 3.3 solid miles in 40 minutes. I like progression runs. Hopefully I’m good to go for lifting tomorrow.

After I showered I was talking to a woman I see around the gym who also runs; she asked me if I was a runner (which is curious, because she saw me there running). Anyway, turns out she’s a marathoner, a slow one, and she proceeded to try to talk me into signing up for a local marathon training group after I said I’d love to run a marathon one day. (They do have a group at my pace.)

I’m going to be honest here: I may say I’d love to run a marathon but really only in theory. It would be neat to be able to say "I ran a marathon!" but I’d rather work up to that, you know; I have no desire to jump into a marathon training program tomorrow. I wouldn’t mind training for the 10k or half marathon distances. But the idea of spending 4 hours running at a stretch is not something that appeals to me right now. Maybe someday.

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4 Responses to Putting my money where my marathon dreams are

  1. Kudos to you for challenging yourself! As a 2 time marathoner I must say it’s such a rewarding feelings when you finally cross that finish line.

  2. Gingerzingi says:

    There are a lot of things I would like to have done, without actually wanting to go through the doing of them. If you see what I mean :-)

    Eventually the time will be right; you’ll know when you want to do it.

  3. Caitlin says:

    It’s definitely something to work up to. I did several half-marathons before I made the leap to the full distance. I have to say, though, the feeling I had after doing for the first time was indescribable. Even if I hadn’t enjoyed the entire race itself – which I have for all four marathons I’ve done – the feeling of crossing the finish line is really an experience unlike anything else, and I think that part of what makes it that way is that the path leading up to the finish line is a difficult one (training and all).

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