Run For Your Life

One time I ran a half marathon.

It felt so good I trained for a full marathon.

I got up to 18 miles and the top of my left foot started bothering me.  Before my 20 miler I wanted to get it checked out just to be sure 20 miles was okay.  Later that day I was in an MRI machine and a boot — for 3 months — due to torn ligaments.

After I had finish a 2-hour angry-nap (as a follow up to my 3-hour angry-cry) I told myself that the human body was not made to run 26.2 miles.  I told myself that running could eff-off and I stopped blogging as a final “screw this” to my health.  I stopped all of it.

A little over a year later I found myself searching for some unknown thing.  After a couple months of VERY stressful searching I came to the realization that I was super happy when I was running and blogging.

So here I am running again and blogging about my life and eats. And circle gets the square.


2 responses to “Run For Your Life

  1. A lot of people think running is inherently “healthy” and therefore more must be better, but you can do serious damage to your body (including your heart) even if you’re training properly for a marathon (or in a way that is right for most – not all – people). I ran a half-marathon too and loved that and I have lots of friends who run marathons, but I am not sure if I will ever do a full marathon myself because I don’t think my body would handle it well. I still love to run, but I want to be able to run for many more years and for me that probably means not pushing myself to do a marathon. I often wish I was more robust and I would LOVE to be able to say that I ran a marathon … but at the end of the day, you’ve got to do what’s right for you and not because “run a marathon” is a popular bucket list item. You can be a serious, committed runner without ever doing a marathon. That said, if you’re still planning on training for a marathon, I wish you all the best – just as long as your happiness and health come first!

    • I agree completely! While I was training my friends and family would always discuss the motivation for running a marathon. I always took the standpoint that I was doing it as a challenge — not because it was necessarily the best thing for my body. While I tried my best to train responsibly there were always the workouts where my ambition and runner’s high would get the best of me and I’d end up pushing too hard. I remember going out for a 16 miler and thinking, my foot will come through this because I WANT it to (that part was irresponsible). But I’m not sure it’s something I’ll do again. I, like you, want to be able to continue running for years to come.

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