I’ve been mulling over running a marathon for the last two years. I gained entry to the NYC Marathon for 2015 through a program called 9+1. (How it works: In a calendar year, you run 9 races hosted by the NYC Marathon sponsor organization the New York Road Runners and you volunteer at one too.) Since I sprained my ankle and didn’t run in 2015, I was able to defer guaranteed entry status to 2016, but I sprained my ankle AGAIN December 2015, so I didn’t feel confident committing to the race (which you’re required to do very early in the year).
But now, I am mostly fine. I get the normal aches and pains that come with running and working out often, but I haven’t had a significant injury (knock on all of the wood) since December. So I’m giving thought to signing up for a marathon. But I’m just not sure.
Should I do it? What should I consider before signing up? I can run NYC in 2017 (I’m doing 9+1 again this year to keep the option open!), but I’m also interested in running a flatter marathon as my first (maybe Philly? Chicago? A random one?)
Here is my initial thinking, and I would love your two cents!
- Huge sense of accomplishment (you know, when its over)
- Opportunity to have a whole new experience with running
- If I run the NYC Marathon I can experience my city in a new way
- Join a pretty cool club (of marathoners, I assume they have celebratory hats?)
- Setting a really hard goal is character building
- I have no reason not to (i.e. not injured, don’t have another big obligation)
- Be a part of something really special/emotional/wonderful (the marathon itself)
- Training takes over your life/weekend
- I gain weight when I run long distances (am one carb-loving hungry runner)
- Other tough workouts take a backseat since I can’t be “too sore to run”
- The emotional ups and downs of a “good run” or “bad run” suck
- Lots of waking up early
Have you run a marathon? Would you recommend it?
For kicks, here is Matt’s NYC Marathon story.