Everyone of us has our own goals, strengths and weaknesses, and it really depends on what yours are. I personally don't think anyone is a loser whether they run or not run, it's such a derogatory statement.
As I once read, Jesse Owens never ran a marathon and he was no less of a runner as Ryan Hall, Brian Sell or Deena Kastor, all marathon runners.
After running two HM's, I knew that there is absolutely no desire on my part to run a full marathon. It's more fun for me to daydream about new places to go as I search for other HM's to run and think about where I'd like to travel.
I'm also interested in trying relay-team races - there's at least two that I'm looking at for next year, one is Marathon length, the other is 50 miles.
I still have a lot to learn right where I am!!
Edited by: WISLNDR at: 11/8/2011 (12:43)
KATHI from Wisconsin
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Is the full a possibility for you? If so, I would recommend that you get a couple of halves under your belt before taking on the marathon. Marathon training is one of the most taxing events you will place on your body and it isn't for everyone. If you never run a marathon, that does not make you any less of a runner than those who crank out one a month (something I find VERY irresponsible, by the way). The inflammation from the training alone may lead to issues. I'm not saying you should not do one, just remember that you will need to allow for wiggle room in your training and allow for lots of recovery time, especially as a master runner. Recovery is slower--just due to our age alone, not to mention the other stressors in our lives.
I am almost 6 years into my running career and I must confess that I have decided that having the ability to run far exceeds any PRs for me. I am blessed to be running and have been injury free for the most part...I have had my fair share of minor aches, but I have never experienced an injury that left me side-lined for more than a week.
I wish you well with your decision! RUN SPARK STRONG!
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16 months ago, I started SP. I set goals that I have achieved for running along the way. First: run a 5k. Next, run a 10K. Next, run a 10k in a better time. And next I will run in a half marathon on December 11th.
This is beyond what I could have ever imagined possible, considering I couldn't walk briskly for 15 minutes when I started setting goals.
My question is, where do I go from here? Half marathon in a better time? Or full marathon?
Does it need to always be reaching further and further?
What have you guys done?
Whatever your past has been, your future is spotless!
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