I don't usually like the photos that get taken of me. Especially during a marathon. These ones however are not too bad. I still don't know if they're $62.00 good, but still... I look happy. And I really was. I could feel myself smiling almost the whole way. Yes, I hurt towards the end, but I was so glad to be there and so grateful just to be running that it made everything else o.k. Us runners are a weird lot. We look for pain. We like to be uncomfortable. But only because we've seen the results. We have felt the accomplishment before and we know what's in store for us after the pain.
Here's my frustration: this marathon was not my worst time. It wasn't my best, but it was pretty normal for me. And I didn't train. The only consolation I have is that I enjoy the training. I like the long miles. But I wonder if I really need them. Maybe it's because I've done a few marathons but I really wonder if all the training beforehand does more damage to me than just one day of stressing my body. Just wondering out loud. Feel free to chime in if you have a strong opinion on the subject