Whenever I see a runner, toiling under the burden of transporting his carcass around on his two skinny, white legs, face red with exertion, sweat dripping off his chin, I wonder, “WHY is he doing that to himself?!” Well, I kind of found the answer in this post on Runner’s World about why people run marathons. This line, especially, I found interesting:
Therefore, the marathon is an event that requires a unique blend of physical, mental, and even spiritual training, which is very unusual in today’s world.
I have been getting the itch lately to start running outside again. The weather is warming up, and it’s still fairly light when I get home. Maybe if I started running after work, I could lay off the 4:30AM workouts a couple of mornings a week. That would very, very nice. Maybe one day, when I break the 2.5 mile mark, I’ll start working towards a marathon.
Here is picture of Tim and me after the Quad City Marathon 5K last year. I felt like crap as I crossed the finish line, but I was A-OK 10 minutes afterwards. We got some coffee from Red Band and some donuts from Donuts and More. It was a beautiful morning.