For some people the Marathon distance of 42.2km | 26.2mi is a goal that they want to achieve.
For others it’s a progression of achieving another distance.
When I first started running I thought 5km was far enough, let alone 42.2km.
But as I ran more and more, I could see why people liked going longer distances.
After I ran my first fun run, in March 2012 I was addicted. I had my eyes set on achieving 10km. When I achieved that in May 2012, I then thought, what about a half. It’s doable. So I bit the bullet and dived right in.
I love the half distance (21.1km |13.1mi). I don’t know what it is about this distance I love, but I just do.
A lot of people have asked me if I will ever do a Marathon. I use to tell them, I’m not sure, maybe. But as time has gone on, and I have more knowledge in my head and heart. I know that the Marathon is definitely not for me.
There are lot of factors as to why, so let me explain them to you.
Plays a HUGE factor in this.
So there is the time you have to put into training.
When you get closer to your ‘Marathon’ date, your long distance runs are anywhere from 3 to 4 hours long. That’s a massive chunk of time for me. I don’t have the luxury of that. I have a family to look after. I’m a single parent during the weekdays, as my partner works away from home.
Yes I can run on the days the kids are in care, however I still need to run a household and a business, and I don’t have the option of going for runs after work or dinner.
My kids are still very young. Miss K is 6, and Master M is 4. They need to be looked after. I just can’t leave them home alone. They are not able to look after themselves (even though they think they can).
I also will not sacrifice time away from them. Family time with them is important to me. And I rather build a solid family foundation than be selfish by being out running for 3 to 4 hours at a time.
The distance doesn’t actually interest me. If it did, then I would show more interest, and possibly want to do it. And that’s another factor.
If you really want something, then you work at achieving it. My want factor of achieving a full marathon is like 0 (ZERO). And that comes down to Interest and Time (again).
All that training is going to have a huge physical, mental, and spiritual toll. And I rather not go into something knowing that I could hate it by the end of it.
So why ruin a good thing. I love running yes, but I also know me and what I’m capable of. So I’m happy sticking to the half distance, and I wont be doing a full marathon any time soon.
For those that have run a marathon what has been your experience. Loved it or hated it?
For those who haven’t run a marathon would you consider it. Why or why not.