Why I shouldn't run a marathon:
- The training will take months of hard work, hard running and absolute discipline.
- I could injure myself either in the training or running the race itself.
- I might dnf
- It will take a lot of planning and research to find the right race and the right training plan
- I might crash and burn and end up walking most of the race-how embarrassing!
OK, those are the only cons I can think of at the moment; let's examine them. Yes, it will take lots of training for months to be properly prepared. But I'm already running on a regular basis, 30 mpw, and I've religously stuck to my training plan for half marathons, so where's the problem? Most big goals require hard work. This is no different. The accomplishment justifies the work.
Yup, I could injure myself. I could also injure myself every time I go out for a run, whether it's a 4 mile easy run or a 20 miler in preparation for a marathon. If I train properly, I can avoid injury.
Yeah, I'll have to do a lot of research. And yet, when I'm planning a vacation, I seem to have no problem spending hours on the computer finding just the right hotel, airline deal, car rental. So how is this different?
OK, the possibility of a dnf is a really stupid excuse for not trying a marathon. Yes, I might fail. I might end up walking most of the race. I might end up crawling across the finish line. I'll never know what will happen if I don't try. And I have in fact come in dead last at a race and I survived the embarrassment, so I can assume the same would be true for a marathon.
Why I should run a marathon:
- Bragging rights. I'm all about the subtle, "last year when I did my marathon" kind of conversation.
- I'm pretty stinkin healthy so now would be a good time to do a marathon.
- I'm so boringly average, it would be nice to have something on my life resume that only a small portion of the population have done.
- In the end, after all the training and work, it will be only 5 hours (probably 6) of physical and mental stress in exchange for a lifetime of knowing I faced the challenged and accomplished something really big.
The reasons to do a marathon speak for themselves and need no explanation or debate. I still don't know if I'm going to do one, but if I don't, I have no excuse.