Yes, the 9 hour marathon was said with tongue firmly in cheek. But in the words of Inspector Calahan, "A man's got to know his limitations."
Me, I'm a 10k guy. I've set my sights on something bigger and I have the qualities Hopkinton outlined. The question is: To what degree? 100%? No. 95%? 75%? It's a question I've asked often. How badly do I want this? Am I beating my head against a wall, trying for something I'm not "suited" for? I won't know until I cross the finish line.
I do know that 6-10 miles is my niche. I just flat out enjoy running at that distance. Outside that range I experience, if not burnout, a distinct aversion. I know my attitude changed when my long runs got into the teens. I worry about 'em more. I even seem to be psyching myself out of doing 'em. But I do, because the only way I can know my limitations is to challenge them. And that's what this is all about.
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