I think the Super Moon has made me super sensitive. I got really offended by a couple things I read on the Internet and YES I know that’s stupid. I shouldn’t let things I see online bother me and I wasn’t going to let either instance ruin my day any further by bringing them up on here.
But then I got my butthurt under control and one of these things seemed like an interesting topic for a Thursday so I thought I’d share:
The general gist was that there are the “easier” marathons out there and then there are the BEST marathons…I guess these typically include challenging terrain and/or occur in a beautiful, exotic location, etc.
This was pretty much my face:
I had never thought of marathons that way before.
After doing a ton of research, for my first I chose a small, flat race through Pennsylvania farmland. Hence I guess that means…easier? Less amazing? I don’t know…I’ve never heard the words easier and marathon spoken in the same sentence and whenever I hear the word “marathon” I think it’s amazing regardless of which one is being discussed.
As far as I’m concerned they are all created equal. ‘The best’ is purely subjective and bucket list races vary greatly from person to person.
I have the utmost respect for anyone who takes on the challenge of a marathon. ANY marathon. Whether it is hilly or flat, next to the ocean or through an industrial park, running 26.2 miles is an enormous accomplishment and I felt aggravated that something I had worked so hard for and am so proud of that I had it tattooed permanently onto my skin could be snubbed as some lackluster feat because it didn’t include a mind-numbing elevation change or it was in rural Pennsylvania instead of Bali. Like I’m somehow less of a marathoner after my first time out because I didn’t run up the side of a mountain.
The more I thought about it, the more pissed off I got so thank goodness there was a yoga class for me to go to right then. Yoga solves everything
Bob Potts – a small race with a friendly, hometown feel – is the best marathon…to me. Sure you might not read about Potts in Runner’s World very often or ever, but everything about it was perfect and I wouldn’t change a thing…even hitting the wall and crying through the final water station.
I have my personal bucket list races, but I didn’t need to start with one of those to make my first marathon experience amazing. I could have run it on the streets around my house that I travel all the time and it still would have been amazing.
I’ll be crossing a bucket list item off in January when I go to Florida, but I’m pretty sure my little train medal from Bob Potts will always outshine the Dopey Challenge bling because it was my first.
What makes a marathon amazing to you? (Friendly people, a beautiful course, and GU at every mile marker for this girl!)