A lot of people have been asking me why I did not run the half or the full marathon. They know me as a runner and they assumed that would have been more my style. I did run a 10k, while compared to a marathon, it is not that far, but it is still an accomplishment. It is something to be proud and not looked down upon because it was “only” 6.2 miles.
I do not think most people know how much training is involved with running a half or full marathon. I love running. I do not want to take a chance to get injured. I want to run a race and then be able to continue to run. Maybe take one or two days off afterward, but not much more.
Plus the time commitment that goes with training was something I did not have at this time. When I go out for a run, I am maybe out for 45-60 minutes with the occasional run longer than 1 hour. To train for a marathon, I would need to be out at least 3 hours once a week during the second half of training and maybe 2 hours during the week. I was not ready to commit to this
A 10k or even a 5k race is nothing to be ashamed of. As long as you give it your all, be proud of what you accomplished.