June 15, 2015 by Susan Murray
How did this come about? Last year James and I ran in the Asheville Half Marathon. Running is not James’ thing but I loved the training and the race so when our daughter, Emily, suggested we try to get spots in the Chicago Marathon I blithely said yes. Part of me thought that there was no way both she and I (and her boyfriend, Tom) would get in through the lottery and part of me wanted to get in so that I would have to rise to the challenge.
Well we did get in and I am at the end of the first week of my training program. I seriously doubt that I can add much to the vast number of blogs and articles about “My Marathon Experience”. Nevertheless, training gives the runner a lot (a LOT) of time to think while logging in the miles and as a writer I find myself thinking about things I would like to share with an audience. Some of them are things about our inn, the Carolina Bed & Breakfast; some of them are things about Asheville and our life in Western North Carolina; and some of them are things about me, running and the entire marathon experience.
As I said, much of it may not be new or even very interesting but I did think it would be fun to share a few of my thoughts as I go through this process so here goes!
They say that running a marathon is as much about the mental challenge as it is about the physical challenge and I have to agree. The interesting thing for me has been identifying what my mental challenge is. It took some bad runs and some anxiety for me to get there but I think I know. For me the mental challenge is to rein in my competitiveness. I am pretty sure I can complete the marathon as long as I remember that is my goal and that is all. I don’t need to try and keep up with my daughter (as if I could). I don’t need to prove anything to anyone. I just need to run 26 miles. And if that means I run a mile then walk a tenth of a mile throughout the whole race then that is fine. It doesn’t matter who passes me or what someone else might think if I am walking. This is my race and I have to be aware of what I need to do to make it happen. Because that is how I can go the distance.
And just for the reference–I am not the first one to discover this. But I did have to discover it for myself!
That’s all for this posting. I am going to try and keep these short. Hopefully I will also find time to write about some other aspects of innkeeping and life in Asheville!Posted in Carolina Bed and Breakfast, Running a Marathon, Things to Do | Leave a comment