Why the Marathon is NOT for me

For some people the Marathon distance of 42.2km | 26.2mi is a goal that they want to achieve.

To finish a Marathon

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.

Time 

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.

Interest

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.

Want

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).

Wear

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.