Yesterday, I had the privilege of taking part in a lively discussion on the Runner's Round Table, episode 82, entitled "Reasons to NOT Run a Marathon". The show was led by Joe Garland, and included Matt (from the Dump Runner's podcast), Flo, Mark Ulrich, and myself. Matt and I shared stories of our recent marathons - what went right, what went wrong, what went into the training and preparation, and whether or not it was worth it. Mark reflected on his experiences of finishing 19 marathons, and the goal of running 6 this year. Flo, having completed several marathons, is currently interested in shooting for a higher "age grading" in shorter distance races. Joe is up in the air about whether he'll "run" the NYC marathon or "race" it. Matt is planning on running a fall marathon, which I'm also considering.
While I agreed that one doesn't have to run a marathon to be considered a "runner", I look forward to more marathons in the future. The challenge still intrigues me (as does the idea of ultras). It was an interesting show and definitely worth a listen.