“You’re going to do what?” “Run a marathon.” “But… Why?”
There are a bunch of ways I can answer that, but my usual response is, “To see if I can do it.”
I’m not in terrible shape, but I’m not exactly a runner. At most, I dabble. I enjoy it, but I also work in retail, and am on my feet 80% of the day. I’m also a little bit (a lot) accident prone, so I have to be careful not to overdo it.
A good friend is turning 50 next year, and there’s a big marathon soon after her birthday. It’s a bucket list item for her to check off, and I figured that 26.2 miles would be less awful if one had company. If she can do it at 50, I *should* be able to do it at 36.
I have a long way to go; my longest run has been about 7 miles. But I’m finding that my shorter excursions are getting a little bit faster and I’m not as wiped out afterwards. It feels good to carve out time that is just for me. There’s something to be said for putting on some music (with only one earbud in, for safety) and for the next X number of minutes, all you have to think about it is breathing in for a four count and out for six.
So, more experienced distance runners, what do you wish you’d known when you were starting out? Are there any gadgets, gizmos, or apps that you cannot live without? And most importantly, what kind of sports bra do you recommend?