There seems to be some rush to run a marathon. Like you're not a runner until you've run a marathon.
Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact 5k and 10k races can be almost as physically demanding and just as mentally demanding as the marathon.
The goal here shouldn't be to do a marathon. The goal should be to make a lifestyle change that includes running. The 5k's, 10k's, half's and marathons are the icing on the cake. Enjoy running for what it is and start with something at your level. This will give you a better shot at enjoying running, and when you do go for your first marathon, you will be more prepared and will get so much more out of it.
I'm not trying to discourage people from running marathons...I love it that the numbers are up, and people are getting off their couches and committing the time to get ready for a marathon. But what is better to be fit for 18 weeks of your life and then give it up because it hurt like hell; or to make a change and be fit for the rest of your lives?
You've got a great start under your belt, I'd just like to see your racing debut happen at a distance that more suits your ability.
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