To be fair, most of us won’t be winning our fall marathons. Yeah, yeah, I know we have Salt(y) and Pepper here to think about, but the majority of us – mere mortals that we are – don’t have a huge shot at seeing the tape.
We do, however, have our own victories inherent in the race. What is it for you? A first time finish? A PR? Breaking 4 or 5 hours for the first time? Qualifying for Boston? The list is as long as the number of people running, and the “victories” as personal and individual as each of us.
The problem with the marathon? Well, it’s right there in the title. “The thrill of victory – the agony of defeat.” The marathon is HARD. And anything – anything – can happen out there. A dream can come true – and a dream can be shattered. All in the space of two-and-a-half to six hours.
For the amount of training and the months of work we put into these things, that’s a pretty big risk, don’t you think? So what’s a girl (or guy) to do? How do we reconcile that mountain of work we’ve put into this with the huge risk we take stepping on the starting line? How do we prepare ourselves – mentally and emotionally – for all the things that can physically go wrong? How do we stare down our fear of failure? Read more >>