Guest Blogger Luis Bueno
Run. Run hard. Push it. Not fast enough. Run faster. No pain no gain. No guts no glory. Boston or bust. Push it! Run fast or else!
If you have never had thoughts such as those during a marathon or half marathon, don’t fret. Those kinds of thoughts, after all, aren’t for everybody. Nor should they be.
Speed is an admirable goal, definitely one worth going all out for, but speed is a relative term – fast for some is slow for others. If you happen to fall into the slow-runner category, more power to you. Fast runners are in a class of their own but if you don’t fall into this class, it’s no reason to feel down.
Running marathons and half marathons demands quite a bit – determination, motivation, perseverance, dedication. Typically marathons don’t demand you finish in under three hours 30 minutes. Now, of course races have cutoff times but that’s typically to open up the race route for general use, not to turn away the runners in the back of the pack.
Unless your name is Hall or Keflizighi, long-distance races should be the ultimate tests of endurance and strength, both physically and mentally, not necessarily a contest you are in to win. For the most part, the finish time should be secondary. Now, if you are competitive and want to try and best your previous outstanding time, go for it. But if you want to run a marathon to say that you did it regardless of what time you come in, that’s no less admirable than gunning for a PR.
After all, a marathon is a marathon whether you run it in 2:44, 3:57 or 5:12.
That’s the beauty of running. […]