Why runners should NEVER walk a half marathon?
So I it is well known around here that I have been doing diddly shit as far as training goes and had fully expected to forfeit my registration for the Nike Women's Marathon. However, some 1/2 marathon registrations became available and my former run buddy decided to register. I was a little surprised at this since she is, in truth, training less than me and coma patients with conscientious PT therapists are training more than me right now, but I figured "what the hell? We can walk it. How bad can that be?"
13.1 miles is how bad it can be.
13.1 miles of
of watching runners line up and head out for the full marathon you puss-ed out on
of hearing people say, "God, we are so slow we are back here with the walkers!"
of having 20 fucking minutes go by and then finally seeing the next mile marker
of starting in the absolute last wave yet being passed by DROVES of people.
of being passed by droves of happy, peppy people that trained and deserved to be there.
of having the cops move you off to the sidewalks since the course is no longer officially open
Yeah, that is how fucking bad it can be.
I hereby vow that I will never do this again. By this, I mean show up to do an event that I did not train for and have no business being at. Not because I think it cheapens the experience of the event for other runners (fuck that, I am just not that selfless. Did you just meet me?) but because doing the work to get to an event is what makes me me enjoy it regardless how it turns out. Life it too short to spend 4 hours and 45 minutes (yes, a mere 15 minutes slower than my fastest full marathon) doing a fucking, miserable half marathon.
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