My running buddy and I ran the Marine Corps Marathon this fall. We had plans, dreams. We were going to run a sub 4 hour marathon! We’d been so close at Baltmore the year before. We just had to shave 10 minutes off our time. And Marine Corps’ a flatter course.
It didn’t work out as planned.
Now the question is, do I want to try again? Do I want to exact vengeance against our disappointing race and show a marathon who’s boss? Or should I chill and be satisfied that I ran 2 marathons and move on with my life? I’ve heard that only 1% of Americans ever run a marathon. Look at me, I’m in the 1%!
It’s been a few months since Marine Corps and I’m still leaning toward getting on with my life. It’s the training. It takes so much time. Halfway through your training, your long runs start creeping up to 2, 3, then 4 hours. I was getting up at 5:15 am on Sundays in order eat, digest, and meet my running buddy by 6 am. That’s no fun, particularly when the rest of the household is cuddled up, still asleep. And this doesn’t even count the weekday runs, which in the second half of training are creeping up to 5 and 6 miles four times a week. That’s tough with a full time job, 1 wife, and 4 kids. It means more getting up before 6 am and lots of running in the dark.
And I haven’t even touched on the stress of going to big events like marathons. The logistics of getting to the starting line of the Marine Corps were quite involved. Or maybe they weren’t, but it felt that way to me. One of the things I love the most about running is its simplicity. Check the weather, dress, run. I can do that. Running at an event complicates things. Many people find it exciting. I feel some of that, but at the expense of a lot of stress.
So, for now I’m being more casual about my running. 3 to 4 miles 3 or 4 times a week. Maybe I’ll run a 1/2 marathon if someone’s looking for a buddy to run with. Halfs don’t take nearly the time to train for. And there’s one that goes just past my neighborhood. #lazyrunner