An imaginary, turned real life, runner friend recently compared marathon running to eating Lays potato chips. You know Lays’ slogan, “Betcha can’t eat just one.” My friend said marathons are like Lays chips, except they hurt more. Betcha can’t run just one.
I think some people can run just one. You know the people I’m talking about. The ones who have a Bucket List that includes running a marathon. The ones who complain about the training and their aches and pains and don’t even really like running. They can do just one. For the most part they are running it just to cross it off their Bucket List and be done with it. These people can run just one.
But there are the rest of us marathon runners who would lose the bet. Who can’t run just one. We are the ones who love running, no matter what the weather conditions. We are the ones who set our alarms for pre-dawn on a weekend morning, so we can get our 20 milers in before the day starts. We are the ones that love the hurt of a hard speed workout. We are the ones who sacrifice a night of alcohol and fried food because we know we have a hard workout the next morning. We are the ones who scour training books, race plans, internet forums and anything else we can get our hand on, in order to learn more about running. We are the ones who, within days (or hours or even minutes) of crossing the finish line are looking at our calendars and Marathonguide.com to see when we can do our next marathon.
How ’bout you? Can you run just one?