Am I Still a Runner if I Don’t Run a Marathon?

Bucking the trend and refusing to attempt 26.2 miles

APSolimando
Runner's Life

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From what I’ve observed, humans like to check things off lists. They like a prize or praise for accomplishments. I get it. There’s nothing more satisfying than striking through items on my to-do list or hearing a “great job” after working hard at something.

So, it makes sense that once someone gets into running, they consider racing and marathons.

To maintain my physical and mental health after having kids, I committed to start running in 2013. I only logged about thirty miles a month and was very slow. But that was okay. It was more about enjoying the experience than worrying about pacing.

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Photo by: Amanda Solimando

As I started logging 50, 60, and 70 miles a month and getting marginally faster, I started thinking about racing. It was inevitable. Several friends and family members regularly signed up for 5Ks and even some marathons, so it seemed the logical next step.

Not wanting to go out too strong. I signed up for a local 5k with a great cause. It was fun, and I even placed 2nd in my age group, but I didn’t love all the waiting around leading up to the race. At home, I could have run that distance, showered, and gotten on with my day in that time.

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APSolimando
Runner's Life

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