Why? Why Half Marathons, someday a marathon, and Triathlons? So many times I have asked myself this. Somewhere I read that if you have to ask, you’ll never understand. So maybe, just maybe I won’t! However, the more I think and question why, my answers seem to flow. The main answer is, “Because I can, but never thought I could….until now.”
About 13 years ago I worked as a lifeguard at the city pool in the town I was attending college. I was overweight, I partied and drank more nights than not, I worked hard, but had no direction in life. I remember an older (than me) lady who also was a lifeguard. Carol had to be in her early 40’s and was so fit. She loved the job because it allowed her to get her tan. I remember an early morning conversation with her after I saw her come into work after a run. I asked her how far she had run and her answer was, “10” and I looked at her and said, “minutes?” and I was dead serious. She responded, “No, 10 miles silly.”
I really had no idea that a normal person could or would want to run 10 miles at once. I thought long distances were only something that pros did. I didn’t realize that city held marathons for average people. I just always assumed those races happened somewhere the pros lived. I remember thinking about Carol as superhuman. She must be. No one would just go out and run 10 miles for fun.
Then somehow, 13 years later, I am enjoying runs. I am a runner. WOW! It felt so strange to say that. I’m also not just a runner, but I am a triathlete.
So why? Why do I do these things? It’s because I can and I’ve finally realized it.