I ran my last marathon on November 12, 2011. At the time, I didn’t realize that my marathon career was pretty much over…
I know that I could run another marathon, but seriously, how many do I need to run? I have 40 under my belt and shouldn’t I just be happy with that? I am… sort of.
My goal is to run forever. I could train for another marathon, but what if I were to get a career ending injury in the process since it’s the longer runs that aggravate my spine? What if I could no longer go out for an easy run just for the fun of it? What if… I just err on caution?
I’ve come to realize that it’s not the marathon I miss; it’s the training…
I miss planning to make a point-to-point long-run go off without a hitch.
I miss meeting my friends in the dark so we can be driven by a non-running friend to the far western end of the W&OD Trail and dropped off.
I miss the silliness and inside jokes we created on every long run together.
I miss seeing other running groups that we could predict would be on the trail at a certain time and place; watching for them, saying hello, yet never knowing their names.
I miss the well deserved nap later in the day after a great long training run.
I miss being able to eat anything I wanted for the rest of the day, even though I was usually too exhausted to be very hungry.
I miss the bragging rights of saying that I went on a 22-mile training run like it was no big deal.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m grateful for every 10 or 12-mile run that I go on these days, but they’re just not the same as the 20 or 22-miler where you leave everything behind, and it’s just you against the trail.
Yes, it’s the training that I miss…
- What’s your longest training run ever?
- Do you like racing or training runs better?
- What race are you currently training for?