One & done! I have heard this phrase from many 1st time runners, even saw a person put it on a shirt they wore during the HFM marathon in 2105. I wonder how many really only run one!
I ran my 1st marathon (Green Bay Cellcom Marathon) almost 9 years ago and waited 2 years to run my 2nd marathon. The amount of training caught me off guard, I formed a new appreciation for the time and discipline that was required. They say once you know what goes into an effort such as 26.2 miles it is hard to forget it. I also remembered the pain and stress my body was under during the actual event. So I partially understand why individuals profess to be “one & done” with the marathon.
However I also remember the joy and accomplishment I felt after every training run. Each step provided me with the confidence that I lacked in my abilities. I was gaining back strength in a body I had abused for years through starvation and I found myself praising myself versus negatively criticizing how I looked. During the break I took between marathons I tried to find other things that would make me feel as good as running did, but was unsuccessful. The truth is I did not fall in love with running when I trained in 2007, I feel in love with who I became because of running. I could not be “one & done” I needed running.
Between 2007-2014 I trained and completed 4 marathons. There was though a voice in my head that kept challenging me to do more. What was I capable of? That is one of the greatest things about running, you get to see what you are made of. I knew that I could run 26.2 miles and live to tell about it, but what other adventures could I incorporate into my life to continue to push myself. There is a sense of fear that comes with going out of your comfort zone. That is why many of us attempt the marathon in the 1st place. It seems crazy, impossible, and a little silly, but that is what also sucks us in.
The vortex of running is strong and powerful. I have yet to meet someone who claims to be “one & done” and truly follow through on that. Running is addictive, amazing, and hard to walk away from once you dive in! I would wager to say that being “one & done” is harder to follow through on than mustering up the courage to sign up for one’s 1st marathon.
#BeKind #BeHappy #BeActive
* To date I have completed 13 marathons & 2 ultras…so much for claiming back in 2007 I would be “one & done” with distance running!