It’s just over three years since I completed my first and last marathon. It was something to tick off the bucket list and the considerable amount of time required to train for the 26.2 miles run was reason enough never to contemplate another one.
But for those who make that decision this is a difficult time of year. The Edinburgh Marathon Festival weekend is just past and I know loads of folk who were running in one of the events. To see the sense of achievement in their faces; to read their exhilarated posts on social media and to read the varied blog posts about their experience inevitably makes me want to do just one more marathon. I need to have a goal or target to work towards. After marathons those who want to go to the next stage start doing ultras (even more than 26.2 miles) or triathlons. Neither of these options hold any attraction whatsoever to me.
So what do you do? I’ve gone as far as looking at other marathon possibilities. Without succumbing I hasten to add. Meanwhile on the weight-loss task I’m ashamed to admit that I’m still a kilo off my target. No excuses – it’s very straightforward but I haven’t had the necessary willpower!