I didn’t think it would take too long before I did a running post.
I know I am spouting blasphemy but I really do not believe that all runners aspire to running a marathon or an Ultra as the ultimate prize of running.
Over the past few years, there has been such an emphasis on those two segments of the running world, culture, community or whatever the hell you want to call it, that it almost seems that if you don’t do marathons or ultras you are somehow being left behind.
ummm cough, sneeze….bullshit!
Personally, I would love to be able to train for and run a marathon again, but an ultra, well that doesn’t really trip my trigger. Unfortunately, I have a small problem, my body does not hold up to marathon training.
Which means that my probability of ever running one, much less racing one again are pretty slim.
Wanting to run one versus being able to run one are two different things.
The other part is that I really don’t think that I have ever forgotten the fiasco that 1983 became and mentally, I am not ready to do another one.
So for the foreseeable future I will focus on shorter distances and do the training that my body can withstand and I am good with that.
You know something, I don’t really think that I am alone.
There are a lot of runners out here in the wild, who will never run a marathon or further and have their own very good reasons, not to get sucked into marathon madness (which I have done a couple of times and probably will again at some point – just being honest).
Personally, I think the running media and sometimes our running friends put too much emphasis on running or racing a marathon as being soooooo damn important. That many runners get caught up in the idea of how great it would be to have a marathon or ultra on their running resume.
That bragging rights thang, some of us get caught up in.
It sets up unrealistic expectations for many runners and can take the joy out of why they became runners in the first place. We all have our reasons for running and for most it didn’t start with wanting to run a marathon or ultra marathon.
Then I have to ask, are marathons (big and small), becoming more an event that people do, than a race, where people train for and challenge themselves to do their best that day?
I don’t know, but I do know an awful lot of people are doing marathons now and having fun doing them, so I don’t want to come across as this crotchety old fart, who remembers how things used to be more competitive and races were races and less of an event. I know most of us compete with ourselves and competition has a different connotation for every runner, but that is a whole different post and books will be written about it.
To each their own and any way you look at it, we are all runners and are out there putting one foot in front of the other, no matter the distance we choose to run.
What do you think?
Will you run a marathon or ultra? Will you run one again – why?
What are your reasons for wanting to do a marathon or like me not doing a marathon anytime soon?