As your races increased, people's comments probably got more interesting. Then the day comes that you are talking about all 26.2 miles of your marathon (just in case that co-worker wanted to know how far THIS particular marathon was this time! ) And of course the normal re-action from a non-runner is "Oh, I could never do that."
1.Well, the truth is, I really feel any able body person can indeed run a marathon (or half marathon). Notice I said "able" body. If you are injured or have injuries do as I say not as I do! I think people are just SO overwhelmed with the thought of running such a long distance that they don't think it could ever be something they could do.
2.Yes, there is the training and that can be hard. It can be hard to give up things you are use to doing in exchange for an early morning run, so it takes dedication. Dedication to the plan and your goal. You can let very few things side track you when training for a marathon (or half)
3.The miles are long, and you might not be able to go as far as you want (right away) or as fast as you want but you have to know that you WILL make it happen and in this instance you will need determination.
4. Sometimes it can be boring. I can remember running 22 miles in the snow by myself eating frozen GU and Honey Stinger Waffles that were so cold they nearly broke my teeth but I stuck with it because I had patience.
5. So I truly believe that if someone is willing to give Dedication, Determination, and Patience, to the cause of training, then they too can run a marathon or half!
I write this post for my friend who thinks he can not run a half marathon. I know he can do it. He just needs to remember that the goal is to just finish. You don't have to be a rock star of a runner to run a half marathon. You are a rock star just for signing up and making it to the start line! Oh, and when you cross finish, that's pretty darn awesome too! -M
We are linking up with the gals from the Friday 5