2 Quick things: I wore my hair down….truly a miracle….
and I got my new New Balance training shoes in the mail. Score.
As some one who is obsessed with all things Running, one of my favorite things to do is discover new running blogs and finding new running Instagrams to follow (yes I know, I sound like a good time, don’t I?)
As I read through peoples “About Me’s” or taglines for their Instagrams, I am attracted by key words– Fitness, Running, Health, Nutrition, Strength, Workout, etc.
One word that comes up that really gets me excited, is Marathoner. This got me thinking:
When do we call ourselves Marathoners?
I know we have had lots of discussion in the blogging community regarding when we can call ourselves a Runner. I believe, like most all of us, that if you RUN, you are a RUNNER. (Believe it people! You are all amazing beautiful RUNNERS!)
But a MARATHONER?!? (gulp!) I still get squeamish just thinking about marathons! I have run ONE. Compared to some people that hardly a blip in their radar. But then again, compared to some people, that is the Dream-of-all-Dreams!
I am signed up for my 2nd marathon in just a few weeks–Richmond, VA November 16— and I wondered, Will I feel comfortable labeling myself as a Marathoner after I have 2 under my belt? Or is 3 the magic number… or 5? Or is it when I stop wanting to throw up over being so nervous and in awe of the distance?
I am thinking that I will never be comfortable calling myself a “marathoner”. And I am OK with this… because I never, ever want the distance or the act to become a common-place thing. I never want to just give a shrug about racing 26.2… because with that nonchalance might come a loss of Awe… a loss of the magic that is found in that wonderful number. And I love it too much to sacrifice any part of that magic.
So instead of waiting for that moment in time when I feel comfortable enough to call myself a Marathoner, I am enjoying the Beauty and Fun that is 26.2!
26.2…. may you never cease to be inspiring, beautiful, and scary.
Have a Fantastic Thursday friends… almost there! 🙂
Do you call yourself a Marathoner?
What mileage is your “scary, beautiful” distance?