From runner to runner, I have a question. Have you ever been asked, “How can you like to run?!” or, “How do you run for so long?!” My personal favorite from my mom after I ran my two marathons, “Did you win?”…No mom, I’m not an olympic runner and a marathon isn’t a, “race to the finish” kinda thing like a 100 meter dash.
Seriously, I can’t count the number of times people ask me why I like to run or if I’m running my marathon for money. Run a marathon for money? …Haha I wish! Cracks me up every time I think about it.
Nope. The truth is I actually pay about 70 bucks every time I decide to run a marathon, plus travel expenses.
So what is the reason I run?
I’d say the number one reason I run is because it makes me feel good. That can be for a lot of reasons, let me elaborate. I find it to be a big stress reliever. A time when I can reflect over the day and think through everything. I think about whats going on in my life. What I’d like to change or do differently. Have you ever come back from a run feeling like you’ve gotten a lot of things straightened out? I have. Running, especially my longer runs, give me this level of complete awareness and euphoria that no other type of exercise can imitate. When I finish a run, I feel like I can conquer the next obstacle in my life with everything I have. That’s how marathon running started for me.
Marathon running is great. I’m sure a lot of people would disagree. Heck, they might even think I’m crazy. Let me make an argument here though. If you’ve never run a marathon before, how do you know you’ll hate it? Sure, it takes a lot of practice and discipline. But if you’ve ever asked a marathon runner how they’ve felt after completing their first marathon, I’d bet they’d say their opinion was similar to yours at one point until their first marathon changed everything. Number one: You’ve become a part of a group of individuals who can say they’ve run a marathon. Number two: It’s a great experience running in a marathon.
It never crossed my mind to run a marathon till about five years of running. I’ve been running for excercise mostly, but ran competitively one year in college and thats where I decided to start distance running, realizing I hated short distance running(I suck at sprinting). And I thought, “I think it’s time to have a marathon under my belt.”
When I finished running my first marathon I felt great. I realized it’s your perception of running a marathon like it’s some impossible feat that scare the crap out of people. Trust me, it’s not as hard as you think. Go try it, you’ll see. Sure it’s tough, but it’s not THAT difficult, and its definitely not impossible.
So for those skeptics out there: I challenge you to run at least one marathon and tell me you don’t feel differently about running or understand why people, “run for fun.”
So get outside and start running!
I would like to dedicate this post to my two friends, Matt and Andrew, that think to “run for fun” is absolutely ludacris. :D
Please share a short, funny running story, or the things people say to you when you say you, “run for fun” in the comment section below.