I did it. This past Sunday, after 7 months of training, I ran my first Marathon (26.2 miles).
It’s a race and there is a winner, but the greater majority of the 6,200 people who ran this Marathon with me had no hopes of actually winning it… but rather they were in it to finish or do their personal best.
It’s a lot like article writing and marketing because it’s a “process” and the true benefits go to those who take a longer term viewpoint rather than only wanting and expecting an immediate return.
If I had to compare completing a marathon to article writing, I’d say that running it is as difficult as writing your first 262 articles… but the lessons you discover along the way about yourself, your niche, your life, your business and the improvement in your writing skills are something that no one can ever take from you. You become stronger for having made the investment of time & energy.
I’m aware that many EzineArticles members have gone on long “article writing marathons” of their own… some who do it individually and others that band together to share the adventure.
The picture on the left is of me at mile 25. I wanted to quit no less than 20 times and they never said it would be easy… But they did say it would be worth it! :-)
The marathon started out at 41 degrees F’ (6 degrees C’) with 12-15 mph winds. I was able to run pretty strong for the first 18.5 miles but became frustrated with various knee pains that forced me to run/walk and then by mile 25, a slow forced walk is all I could do.
Now that I’ve experienced a marathon, I’ve learned that I have a body made for sprinting and I intend to leverage that by training for half-marathons (13.1 miles) with a focus on improving my speed rather than to just complete it.
The biggest physical bonus I received from training for the marathon is a 11 lb drop in weight and 2-3 inches less around the waist… not to mention my 10k race pace is now 12 minutes faster than ever before.
As much as I was frustrated at my 5 hour marathon time, I did enjoy talking during the entire race to the other marathoners… at least those who weren’t out of breath. :)