Thursday, August 18, 2011
I want to run a marathon...
...I just don't want to train for it. Seriously though, I very much want to have the feeling of crossing a finish line after I have just run 26.2 miles. I want people to look at me differently because of my incredible stamina and athletic prowess. I want to wear the big medal, get the nice drawstring bag, and technical t-shirt. But the thought of spending as much as 18 weeks, running as much as 30 miles per week, and just getting out to run for miles week in and week out, freaks me out completely.
I am 5 weeks away from my half marathon, I have possibly 3 more 12 mile runs, and the thought is starting to send shivers down my spine. I am completely ready for the half marathon. I am even having fascinations about how fast I would like to run the race, but the thought of getting up and running 12 miles this Saturday makes me want to curl up and go to bed.
The trouble with all of this is that if I really expect to finish the race in any sort of respectable time, the training is completely necessary! Maybe I am focusing too much on the destination and not enough on the journey. Maybe I am just tired today and feeling a bit of a rut. Or maybe training for long distance races really does suck. Any way you slice it, I don't feel much like training right now!