Health knowledge made personal
Join this community!
› Share page:

What made you decide to do a marathon?


Posted by candicepeak

I am a new runner and I definitely caught the running bug. I recently did my first half marathon and have another one in February. The word "marathon" terrifies me. I am unsure if I ever want to do a full marathon so I was wondering what finally made you decide to commit to a marathon.
 
Answers (1)
Sort by: Newest first | Oldest first

I was in a similar situation as you - I had run two half marathons and countless 5ks but the thought of a full marathon terrified me. I kept thinking what if I can't complete the training, what if I have to stop midway through the race, or what if I run really slow?

So I started talking to people I know who have run marathons. I started reading running-related blogs and all of the marathon recaps.  And somewhere along the way I realized I too wanted to become a full marathoner. 

The more I read, the more I realized as long as I trained properly, I should be able to complete the distance. I also stopped thinking about it as a race. As a first-timer, I think it's important to experience the distance for what it is and not worry about time. Once I stopped worrying about that, I felt better about signing up for my first marathon.

It's in October, so I can't yet tell you how it went. Only that I'm really excited for the day to come! 

If you're not sure if you're ready to run a marathon yet, don't push yourself into signing up for one. Make sure you're ready to commit because running and races aren't going anywhere :)

NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere. If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.
Post an answer
Write a comment: