I have registered for a 1/2 marathon in the fall. 13.1 miles. I am going to truly be testing my relationship with running. I love to run, but 10K's seem to be the sweet distance for me. Most of my runs have been 10K's. We will see how it goes. I am not going to lie, I am nervous. I have run 8.1 miles so far in training and after mile 6 I just get soooooooo bored.
My neighbor, on the other hand, is doing a full Iron Man race in a month. His training runs are 15 -18 miles (plain crazy!). We were talking the other day about his run portion of the race, which is 26.2 miles. "I am only doing 1/2 that and I am terrified!" was my thought. When I walked away from him and his goals and determinations and his crazy abilities I felt like 1/2. I am only doing 1/2 of that. I felt like my "big deal" 1/2 marathon in that fall was nothing.
I am thinking about it now though (after some much needed yoga) and realized that often times perspective is truly the key to how we are looking at things and, as a result of that, how we are feeling about things. I may be doing 1/2 of his distance, I am actually doing 2x (plus) my distance.
Don't get me wrong, my neighbor is a rock star and while his ability to do those races might amaze me...it is not something that is for me. I am a 10K runner, who is pushing myself to do a 1/2 so that the feeling of accomplishment, dedication, want and thankfulness for a strong body can rush through me when I cross the finish line. I want to check it of of my list. Will I ever do another one...who knows, but for know I am choosing to look at it as I am not doing 1/2, I am 2X as much as I have done before.