Not fearless … yet

by lachicaruns on

I’ve been pondering my previous post about fearlessness.

Yes, I got up an hour early one morning for a slow 2.61 mile run to commemorate Kathrine Switzer‘s great achievement, running the Boston Marathon at a time when women were not allowed.

And I got to thinking about my own level of toughness, or lack thereof. So in part to build up my street cred (no, not really), I’m meeting with my ultra-marathon-running friend, Brandess for lunch to help me decide whether to run a full marathon.

I know it’s a huge time commitment and that I’ll have to clear this insane plan with my most-favorite doctor who’s helped me deal with piriformis syndrome so that I am well enough to run and remain active.

But the thought of pushing myself to run the full 26.2 miles is intriguing.

There was a time when a 5k was beyond anything I ever thought possible. Then it was 6 miles. Who runs 6 miles?!

I specifically remember the first time I ran seven with a friend. That was an achievement.

It was Brandess and another Black Girls RUN! teammate who flippantly said that if I could run 7 miles, I could certainly run a half marathon. Um. What?

And, yet, I did. And I didn’t die. Not even close.

So why not a full? Because it’s insane. I don’t have the time. I may not be able to do the long runs without irritating my piriformis muscle. And because it will confirm my family’s suspicions that I’ve finally gone off the deep end.

Of course, that’s exactly the appeal: Because I shouldn’t.why i run marathons

Regardless of what I decide, just considering running 26.2 miles brings me this close to fearlessness. And wasn’t that the point of the whole exercise?

Have you run a full marathon? Did you regret it? Do you have any input to help me decide?



Written by: lachicaruns

My name is Gisgie. It's pronounced geese (like the birds) and gee (like the letter). Now that we've met, I'm glad you're here. I'm an injury-prone runner who manages to find reasons to keep coming back to the road despite ongoing challenges. Most recently, I've struggled with piriformis syndrome. I'm currently winning. Most days.



So you’re considering it, huh? No one can make the decision but you and I know that you will make the right decision for you and your family because you ALL have to buy in. I am not sure that I’ll do another. Running one was exciting, but I’ve not been the same runner ever since and I’m not happy about that. How was lunch?!

Gisgie Gendreau

Lunch was great. We talked about marathon training plans and I’m armed with questions for my doc. We also spent a lot of time talking about blogging, not surprisingly. Thanks for the input!


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