Marathon training is dumb

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Marathon training is dumb.

Why would anybody in their right mind want to train for a marathon? There are so many cons it should clearly tip the scale and talk any person of decent sanity out of it before they even start the application.

But it doesn’t deter the thousands of people who sign up for Marathons all over the world every year. Thousands of crazy people, most of them already going through the horror once.

As I’ve journeyed down this road, I’ve noticed that there is something about the Marathon that is mystifying. But that only applies to the actual race. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to watch a marathon live or watch the online broadcast of one, you can’t help but feel empowered as normal people put their bodies on the line to do something incredible.

What you don’t see on the broadcast are the miles they put in leading up to that moment.

All the pain, self-doubt, heartbreak, success, failure. A Marathon is truly one of those instances in life where you put in a lot more initially than you get out of it, if you’re looking at just the event.

Marathon Training itself, is dumb. The whole idea of putting yourself through hell for three months for a a few hours of racing, a medal, and pain for the next week is just stupid. No doubt about it.

But the race. That one day can make up for everything. And in the end, you walk away with a lot more than just a medal – you walk away feeling like a Superhero. Not just any Superhero though, one that has gone through something incredible. Or like Bilbo when he finally comes home to his Hobbit hole after defeating the Dragon. You did something that you doubted (many times) you could complete. Because no one, I mean NO ONE, ever signs up for a marathon without the little thought in the back of their mind “you can’t do this.”

runnerAnd sometimes, all you have to do is prove that voice wrong.


About AlyL

A wandering spirit drawn to running, music, theater, and those that give life to others. Functioning in a life that's next to normal.
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