The Richmond Marathon is coming up and I have realized that getting ready for a marathon is a huge commitment. Running short distances requires different kind of training and in most cases it doesn’t require the big commitment that preparing for a marathon does. I am use to long runs of an hour and 1/2 to two hours, but as the weeks go on, the long runs are closing in on three hours.
I am an average runner – a mid-packer if you like. One of the reasons that the Boston Marathon bombing affected me so much is that the bombs went off, just about the time the average 4 hour runner was coming to the finish. I am looking forward to finishing the training for Richmond and then getting back to be a “regular” long-distance runner. But for now, it has become my all-consuming passion.