#BuckFiftyADay Since March, 2014

#BuckFiftyADay Since March, 2014

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

#BuckFiftyADay: Saying Goodbye to the Long Run

At the age of 37, I ran my first marathon. Over the next 13 years I ran 26.2 miles a total of six times. I am not one of those people who thinks finishing a marathon is a big deal. My typical response when someone says, “Wow!” or “That’s amazing!” is to say, “Oprah and P-Diddy ran marathons.” I fell in love with marathoning not because I was good at it (personal best: 3:28...personal worst: 4:13), but because I loved the process of preparing. I’d usually train for four months and the feeling two months in, when you were 10 miles into a 12-mile run, cruising, and thinking back to when you struggled to run five, was awesome. Sadly, as I type this, my body can’t handle the training anymore. I still work out, try to keep in shape, but nothing will replace the long run.


Anonymous said...

Try sprint triathlons. The training is interesting because you get to break it up. And biking is easier on your body than running. In my (admittedly feeble) mind, a sprint tri is equivalent to a half marathon.

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