I’m only 12 days away from running Marine Corps Marathon – My third marathon in the books for me.
I ran my last long run of my marathon training this past Sunday and felt quite relieved to have not been as slow or as sore as I anticipated.
In the past, I’ve always underestimated the difficulty and dedication that comes with running a 26.2-mile race.
It definitely isn’t easy.
Yet, little by little, I’m getting better with each training period because I’m understanding the weight of the consequences that come with being unprepared for a race of this distance.
Two years ago, I ran the worst race of my life – The New York City Marathon. What was supposed to be a magical and exciting race ended up being one of the most awful experiences of my life. It’s not that the race itself wasn’t magical or exciting, it was my performance in running it that made it the disaster that it was.
The reason why I’m so intrigued and so passionate about training for a race is because it truly tests a person’s character, will, and determination. It sure did test mine. It humbled me.
Running is a love-hate relationship and not everyone loves it.
The reason why I love it is because it forces you to struggle with yourself. And sometimes, the best thing you can do is face that struggle. Running is a solo act. Even with team running events like Cross Country or Track & Field, you still only have yourself. You can’t tap out or have substitute anyone in your place. It’s you, your two feet, and the ground beneath you. And I think that’s something that people always struggle with, even if they love running.
With my marathon coming up right around the corner, I’m looking forward to seeing what this race will put me through; what it will do to me.
Even with the training that I have behind me, there are still those external factors that can make a difference The fun part is seeing how I how I handle it.