As a 10k person, this marathon program I'm on is most definitely work. I experience satisfaction after a hard run, but it's rarely fun. So, while I plan to run 26.2 this year, I doubt I'll be in a big hurry to do it again any time soon. I think once a year would be ideal, but I'm not going to make a career of it.
At the 10k level on the other hand, I, like Ollie, lived to run. I can't explain it, but 10k just fits me. I ain't fast and never will be, but I enjoyed the heck out of not only the races, but the training.
Why one and not the other? Part of it has to do with motive. I'm using the marathon thang as a route to fitness. The race is secondary in my mind to the health benefits I hope to acquire. And if, as happened last time I tried this, I pull an injury, I'll find something else to do.
Bottom line is, as long as my body holds up, I'll be a runner, but I won't be a marathoner.
So, there are runners and then there are runners. We all have different motivation and goals.
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