Confidence. Without it we can accomplish nothing. Confidence is very important for a runner. It is what gets you to the starting line.
A good friend and I have both been (separately) mulling over the idea of attempting a full marathon. We discuss it often. She has attempted a full before but was swept at mile 14. She feels that she must complete a full—to prove to herself she can do it. I don’t know why in the world I want to attempt a full. I guess I feel like it’s a natural progression. I started with a 5k, then a 7 miler, than a 10 miler, then a half marathon. A full marathon should be next, right?
I think my friend has a very good reason for wanting to complete a full marathon. She wants to do it for herself. She is not working for someone else’s approval or to impress anyone—she is doing it for her! I really respect that. I guess my reason for wanting to do a full is similar, but my desire is nowhere near hers.
I keep asking myself—am I really capable of this? Can my body really complete 26.2 miles? I believe that just about anyone is capable of finishing a half marathon, if they train well. A full marathon is a different beast. It is very hard on the body, both physically and mentally. Is it really worth it? These are the things that keep going through my mind when I think about doing a full marathon.
How do you know when you are ready for a full marathon? How do you get the confidence to get to the start line?
A dream is a wish…