You see ... this weekend we went to a 40th birthday party for an aquaintance. There were a couple people there who run at one level or another, so naturally there was some discussions surrounding running. Too often the conversations went like this:
Hey Heidi, how did you do at the Sun Run? Awesome, I shaved 8 minutes off my time. Finished in the top 10%. That's awesome ... did you know that Suzy runs marathons? Her husband too. Can you believe that?
So Heidi, are you still running? Yup. How far have you run? Well, I did my first half marathon this year. Oh good for you. Suzy and her husband run marathons. They're awesome.
Great, I'm super happy for Suzy & her husband. I hugely admire anyone who runs marathons. I think it's an extreme challenge, not to be taken lightly. But why OH WHY does running a marathon seem to supersede any other running feat?
Just for kicks, I looked up some past running times for Suzy & her husband. Good ... but I can beat 'em. Not that I care about beating them, it's just the point. Does length always impress more than speed, or just plain ol' accomplishment? Hmmm, that could sound dirty if you had that type of mind.... Guess I should have said distance, not length. :)
Personally I am impressed by anyone that takes on a challenge and conquers it. Whether that is to run for 5 minutes without stopping, or to qualify for the Boston marathon.
It wasn't just the conversations from this weekend that had me thinking this. It's a pattern I see over and over. Through conversations, on blogs ....
(skip this next paragragh if you have it taped Biggest Loser and plan to watch later.... )
Then of course last night on Biggest Loser, the final four ran a marathon, on a beautiful course I might add! I'm still so leary that they don't fix that thing. I mean, Daris looked great and definitely the best running form/ability ... but 4 hours is a pretty good pace and I can't see that he could do his first ever marathon in that time after only becoming active over the last few months. And Koli looked like he was running not bad, and the other two who walked a ton of it, only came in less than 30 minutes behind him. Yeah, I dunno.....
I found myself watching BL and researching various marathons on the laptop. There's a beautiful one in Hawaii that looks nice. It sure would be cool to do one in a really scenic, away-from-home, location.
So ... do you go out and run a marathon just because Suzy & her husband do??? Do you run one just because the contestants on Biggest Loser did? That would be stupid right? I KNOW this, yet the thought keeps running through my head. I must be insane. A tropical vacation would probably set my head back on straight, right?
Really, at the moment my favourite distance is the 10K. I will definitely do more half marathons because I'm comfortable with that distance and I think it's a great challenge. But ultimately, 10K is where my heart is at at the moment. It's just long enough to still be a challenge. The training isn't insane and I still have lots of room (and I think ability) to do it alot faster than I have so far. For me, I find just the challenge of running longer distance (without taking pace into the equation) is just one step after the other and I'm pretty good at that game. The challenge of running a specific distance faster is what intrigues me the most.
I am guessing at some point down the road I probably will run a full. Right now I fully believe I could do it, tomorrow if I really wanted to prove a point, but I haven't decided if I want to. I think for something like that you need to have a pretty darn strong desire because alot of time and effort is involved. It should probably be for the right reasons ... right?