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I have sometimes wondered if I'll be able to run at least a half marathon. But right now, I just don't have the strong desire to run 21 k in one shot. One of my running buddies already tried that several times, previously and he came out okay, of course not without cramps and post running injuries. Last Sunday, another running buddy tried her mettle in running and she survived her first half marathon with the inevitable aching leg muscles, minus the cramps.
So when would be my turn? I don't know. I'm not even training for that. I just don't see myself doing that in the next months or maybe not even in a year. To be honest, a 10-k run is already too long for me. I already get bored running for more than an hour. So progressing to a half marathon that could take me 3 hours or more is stretching my limit way beyond my will power. If I do that right now, it will be a punishment of sorts. I think my body could still take the running, at least the run-walk-run routine, but if my heart is not into it, I'd probably not be able to finish the race.
With a half marathon, I need a very strong kind of motivation...the answer to the big WHY. Why would I do it? What's my purpose? There has to be a good cause because in my current capacity as a runner, half marathons are no easy feat. If it's just to say I did it and get a medal to wear around my neck and a nice looking shirt that says "21k Finisher" those are not good enough reasons for me.
So while I am contemplating on better reasons for doing a half marathon, I think I'll stick to fun runs. I guess I'm done with my running infatuation and I have now settled to a more comfortable, leisurely pace. It's not anymore a frenzy of joining running events. That was last year, but this year, I even forgot to write about my last 10K run hehehe.
Avid runners may frown at me and say I should be pushing myself to go beyond my current limits. Maybe I'll get to that, when I find even just one good reason to do so. Then you'll hear me talking about training for that. Right now, I'll just run to my heart's content. Never take the fun out of running.