Thursday, March 26, 2015

Why I haven't run a marathon...yet

I've been thinking a lot about marathons lately. There are so many good ones during the summer and fall that I'd love to do and never mind the accolades from friends and family when you finally complete one!

However, I can't bring myself to sign up for a full yet and there are a bunch of reasons that I constantly use to talk myself out of it!

1. Time
time management
The time to dedicate to training and running a full marathon is huge! Having two young kids and having a full time job is definitely keeping me from dedicating the amount of time to my kids. I understand that lots of people make the sacrifice but I don't want to. I enjoy spending time with my kids, especially on the weekends when they're home with me and not stuck at daycare.

2. The Pain

I'm scared of the pain that comes with training for a marathon and after running a marathon. I know the pain that comes from a half marathon so I'm assuming the pain would be double (although at my speed it's surprising it hurts that much).

3. I haven't run my half marathon yet

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At my first half marathon, Niagara Falls in 2012. Still my PR at 2:39.

What I mean by that is that I haven't been satisfied with my half marathon times yet to feel like I've conquered the half marathon. My first one was good, but I've tried to get my time down instead I've made it go up which is frustrating. I think once I've gotten my time down I can move onto the next challenge (although I've thrown triathlons into the mix now). I want to say that I consistently followed a training plan, successfully tapered and that I feel completely ready to set a new PR. I'm hoping that this is this year either at Scotiabank or Niagara Falls (still haven't decided).

Those are the three things that are holding me back from training for a full marathon. I know in my heart that once I'm ready I will know for sure and that it will be an appropriate time in my life to do it.

Have you run a full marathon yet? If you haven't, why not?

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