“So why are you running a marathon?”

Last week I ran 42.43 miles, was on my running feet for just over eight hours and burnt off 5,125 calories.  My top mileage week since returning from injury although I really struggled with my Sunday run of fifteen miles.

First big mileage weekThe week went like this…

Monday: Run out with Hayley (6 1/2 miles ish) followed immediately by a 6ish mile route with other club marathon runners.
Tuesday: No running.
Wednesday: 6 miles trail running.
Thursday: 6 miles club run with tempo spurts.
Friday: Rest day.
Saturday: Easy Parkrun with Vicki.
Sunday: 15 miles with friends.

I decided to post mine and Hayley’s fifteen mile plan for Sunday on the running club Facebook page as I felt a little guilty for joining in with lots of other people’s runs but hardly ever mentioning my own.  Three people commented and said they would like to join us for the morning.  One runner from the group above us, and two from two groups higher.  I’ll admit I was feeling pretty nervous before heading out for the run, worried that I would try and take things too fast to maintain.

And…that’s what ended up happening!  Seeing three of them shoot off infront of me, panicked me a little.  My head told me I was rubbish and couldn’t do it anymore, making my legs stop even though I wanted to continue on!  Stupidly I’d looked at the last time I’d run that route before heading out (A very hilly route, I might add!) which was in the build up to MK marathon two years ago, where I achieved an average of 10:10 pace, despite the three killer hills near the start and allowing myself to walk up a small hill close to the end.  Most of my miles had been in the 9s.  Where did my (little) speed go?!  Two out of the three quicker runners decided to take a short cut home, and instead of continuing to loop back every half mile as she had been doing whilst running with the other two, Laura decided to run the rest of the route with Hayley and I.  It was literally like magic.  My head shut up, I nattered away and barely remembered I was running – it turned into a social event!

I barely use Facebook much anymore but posted about my run totals for the week.

Facebook status…which received a lot of likes, very quickly and sparked some conversation in the staffroom at lunchtime yesterday.  Another teacher wanted to know which charity I would be running for.  When I replied that I wouldn’t be, lots of the staff appeared confused.  Why would someone run a marathon and not collect sponsorship for it?!  I explained that I’d already run three marathons supporting McMillan Cancer Care and Malawi Education Link and that the last race I had asked for sponsorship was 50 miles long!  Who would want to pay to see me run half that distance at a race I’ve always wanted to go to?  I will still continue to raise money for McMillan Cancer Care, but I think my days of asking for race sponsorship are now over.  Who wants to pay to see me do something I love?!  I need to get inventive with my fundraising activities now!

12 thoughts on ““So why are you running a marathon?”

  1. It’s tough when you run with faster runners. I did my long run over the weekend with four other men who were paced around my sort of time but the terrain was terrible and I just wasn’t used to it so I lagged behind a lot. Which did nothing for my ego! But also reminded me that I’m not in the same fitness as I was a few months ago. They didn’t leave me behind though which was nice.
    Nice week of mileage! I am so jealous.
    Anna @AnnaTheApple recently posted…Marathon Talk Weekend – Part 1My Profile

    1. Your mileage will soon be back too. :-) It is partly ego, partly realising I’m not up to my old standard again yet. Wish I could switch off my mind when running with others!

  2. Wow well done on your mileage! I think sponsorship is a strange one, if you’re doing it as a one off and it’s something you’d never do, it’s different, but when you’re doing it for you, and you enter a lot of races regularly, I feel funny to keep asking for sponsorship!
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    1. I ran a Race for Life in 2011, MK marathon for Malawi Education Link in 2012 and then Dusk til Dawn 50 miler for McMillan Cancer Care at the end of last year. My family isn’t very big and I really don’t feel I can hound them for a fourth year running!

  3. It is hard when people go out faster than you- you never know if they have not paced themselves though and might slow down later.
    I try to choose one race per year that I raise sponsorship for- otherwise people get a bit fed up with being asked for money the whole time. But I bake for people as an incentive for them to sponsor me, so I don’t think people mind that much. I didn’t raise sponsorship for my marathon as I was so daunted by it and half convinced that I would not manage to get to the finish line and so that year I did the Great South Run for Cancer research instead. I think the other thing is people getting charity places- I normally pay my own entry fee, but I think people assume that if you get a charity place it is free- when I did the Great North Run I had a charity place, but it was a small charity and I still had to pay the entry fee- I think people are more inclined to sponsor when they know you are paying money out too!
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    1. Such a nice idea to provide baking for your sponsors! I tried the Guess to Give website for my marathon last year and I think people appreciated the change, not having to just dish out money to see meme run but they were also in with a chance of winning some back!

    1. Thanks. :-) I’m terrified of getting injured again so working hard on my core and stretches at the moment. I literally want to wrap myself up until after London now! Hoping you recover fully quickly.

  4. It’s interesting people assume that you will be running for sponsorship – I think people wonder why you’d ever put yourself through it if it’s not for a cause. But you can’t always ask for money and I’m sure those people will sponsor you if you do decide to run for money again. I think I tapped out all my friends and family last year running three sponsored events. The next one I run for money will be a marathon I’d think and that would won’t be for a long while!
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    1. I’m sure they would sponsor me again as well, I just feel so cheeky asking. I’m not a very forward person when it comes to asking for things. Glad to see you’re thinking of a marathon! 😛 I’m sure it will be sooner than you think!

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