Friday, September 26, 2008

Why would anyone ever want to run a marathon???????

That is the question that I have been asked about 20 times this week. I just finished my third marathon this past Sunday (Community First Fox Cities Marathon in Appleton, WI) and that question was the first thing people asked me when they saw my stiff body being dragged down my kids schools halls. Don't even mention the stairs where I received many strange glances from other local moms.

But, first things first. I guess I should introduce myself. My name is Kristin. I'm a stay-at-home mom of two and have been running as long as I can remember. It is a part of who I am and I just plain love it!!! So, why was this question of "Why would I want to run a marathon?" always leaving me giving the same old generic answer, " I just love to run." It got me thinking and I came to one true conclusion.
Running is my constant. Despite everything thing that has changed over the years (where we live, my body post-childbirth, etc.) running is the same. It has always relaxed me, given me confidence, made me some very good friends and in general, been a great partner. It never talks back to me. It is there when I need it. It is always the same. Most of all, it helps me find that athlete that sometimes gets lost in the busy life of a mother. It makes me a better mom.
So, I am onto my next marathon in April 09, BOSTON!!!!!! And when anyone asked me post-marathon, " Why would you want to do that??" I am going to say- I not only love it, it is part of who I am and I am never going to stop - god willing :)

Happy Running!!!


Kelly said...

We must have published our posts about the same time- I almost missed yours! Congrats on your marathon and qualifying for Boston- my dream! I would love to hear more details about your marathon. I completely understand the way you describe why you run. It is one constant in my life also. Welcome to Marathon Mommies!

Janice said...

Good luck with Boston in '09. I ran this year and loved everything about it. (except my time) I love this post and agree that at times I am not certain how to answer that question, other then saying.... I like it. But like you, it is part of who I am.