As my next marathon race approaches, 3 days to be exact, I have myself deep in thought about why we even run marathons. What is the draw exactly? I get why we run our first. It’s most likely proving to ourselves, or someone else, that we can actually accomplish a marathon. But once that accomplishment is over why do we sign up for the next one, and the next one, and the next?
I remember very clearly when I crossed the finish line of my first half marathon saying out loud “I am NEVER doing that again” . Well of course I did do it again, but marathons are different. The outcome of a full marathon is not as predictable as a half, and that is the key, I believe to the thrill of marathon running.
A marathon race can be unpreditable. You can nail every training run, and follow your training plan to a T. But you just never know what is going to happen on race day. You could wake up feeling not so great, or you could start the race feeling awesome and all of a sudden in an instant something changes, and BAM you can’t even think about running another min. I have to think that is why we are drawn to marathons. All the dedication we put into training, and the excitement and envisionment we have for the race, and yet we just don’t have complete control over the outcome. So maybe that is why we keep coming back for more and more. We keep hoping for an even better outcome, and as runners we love putting in the hard work because that is what motivates us to reach even greater potential.
Good luck to everyone racing this weekend and chasing PR’s!