I've trained for THREE marathons.
I've yet to complete ONE.
For some...that will mean very little.
well, others will understand the early hours, the aches and pains, the nagging determination to complete this goal.
Others will know the challenges that come along...
making the time.
putting forth the effort.
turning down the fried food because you know your belly will appreciate it at 4:30 in the morning when you have a training run.
I've been "running" for ~16 years.
Even now, it's hard for me to say, "I'm a runner".
I'm a swimmer.
That comes out with ease.
I lived and breathed swimming for the majority of my growing up years and through college.
I was no stellar swimmer, by ANY means, but it was a HUGE part of my life. So...with that, I can say without wincing, "I'm a swimmer".
I don't always love it.
Many days I don't even like it.
It's a quick way to get in a good workout.
You can do it before your family gets up.
You can do it alone (although, I am now thoroughly SPOILED by having running buddies).
If you don't do it, you miss it.
As far as being "good" for you...well, don't get my Dad started (right, Papa?).
And, as far as lifetime fitness goes -- it's NOT the BEST form of exercise.
They keep you going, and going, and going...
First a 5k. Then a 10k. Then a half. Then...
Well, at least that's how it was for me.
I've read about folks that train for an IRONMAN for their FIRST race. SERIOUSLY? Seriously.
There's just a craziness about it all.
Right now, I'm dealing with marathon craziness. The training is long and hard. It makes me hurt. And I don't like to hurt.
But, I do it anyway.
Some might say that if you've trained for three marathons and TWO were canceled (or at least that's what I was told ;) ), then you may want to consider NOT doing a marathon (yes, Dad, you fall in THIS category).
Others may say to it's a test of perseverance. Another bump in the road. Another battle to forge.
I choose to go with the latter option. I've set my eyes on the prize and I won't stop until I get it. The prize is crossing that line at the end...the FINISH!
FAST FORWARD: Marathon attempt #3 is less than 48 hours away.
The moment of truth.
This is THE one.
To be continued...