A few weeks ago, I committed one of the seven sins of marathon training: skipping my long run. Some friends and I decided last minute to enjoy a relaxing weekend in the wilderness. As a result, I headed out the door Monday evening to get in my 14 miles. On my way back in hours later, the security guard at my building asked me why I always run for such a long time. His eyes went wide went I told him I was training for a marathon, and he asked why I would want to do this to myself. I said, “I don’t know.” It’s hard to sum up to someone who doesn’t run why the idea of running 26.2 miles appeals to me. But it does.
If you’re reading this, you may already understand why someone would want to run a marathon. It’s the feeling of accomplishment, the comforting long grind of training, those runs with a friend where both the run and the conversation flow in tandem. Sometimes, running is about very specific races and runs, where you can express your love for running at the same time as your love for other things that occur in tandem with those races—a cause, destination, or event. But since you can only run so many races and routes, so it can be helpful to list those that matter the most to you to create a running bucket list.
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