I never thought I would write that post title. Never in my life. I have been a runner now for about 10 years and was NEVER attracted by a marathon.
Why is that ? Several reasons kept me very skeptical about running 42,2km :
- A few years ago I over trained and ended up with injuries that took FOREVER to recover from. A marathon ? I kept thinking to myself you must be crazy.
- I had a bad experience at a 20 km race (pouring rain, wind and cold) which took me FOREVER to recover from. 42,2 km ? you would be crazy !
- I am getting older and I love to run. I want to be able to keep on running and was afraid the distance would be bad for my knees and joints.
- The past couple years at work have been tough and I knew mentally I couldn’t concentrate on work and on a marathon.
…. all rational, logical reasons NOT to do a marathon.
Well, never say never. This happened :
Yes, I signed up for the 2016 Paris Marathon. Recently, I started to be influenced by some not so rational thoughts, facts & figures and those around me.
- I am in my forties and not getting any younger. If I want to do this, I probably shouldn’t wait too long.
- I read the average marathoner age (Paris marathon) is 40. Wow.
- I watched my brother in law train, prepare and do the Paris Marathon in 2014. I was impressed.
- My husband’s colleague started running a little more than a year ago and she did the Paris Marathon this year in 4 hours 11 minutes.
- I set a goal to train and do a half marathon this spring and discovered I was capable of following a training plan AND finishing without too much pain. I pretty much sprinted the last 2 km of that race which put me on an emotional high that lasted a week.
- I watched the Paris 2015 marathon and it energized me. People looked like they were having fun (at km 18 anyway…)
So, I figured if I was going to do it, I probably shouldn’t wait too long. I bit the bullet and signed up for the 2016 Paris Marathon. I figured that would give me one year to prepare. My objective is to finish it, having enjoyed it, and (relatively) pain free. Well at least not finish in agony !
So this post marks the beginning of the Paris Marathon 2016 journey. Lots to do between now & then!
- Tweak my diet
- Find a training plan / coach / running group
- Fix my nagging knee issues
- Experiment with fueling / hydration / new equipment
- Prepare myself psychologically
- Prepare physically
- … you get the picture !
Am I scared ? Hell yes, but excited too. It just feels like the right time in my life to do this. Don’t hesitate to check back regularly and follow along with me on the wonderful, unknown, ambitious journey that I will be taking over the next year.
For you long distance runners out there, what is the one piece of advice you would give me ? what do I need to anticipate ?