Running a marathon is hard. It is hard for everyone from the first place finisher to the final finisher. It takes dedication, pain, time, and so much more to not only get to the start line, but to cross that finish line. Often during marathon training season a runner will question their sanity, their endurance, and their sanity again.
Recently I’ve been mulling around the question in my brain…..
At What Cost?
I’m part of many online running groups and have been for years. I will say that being part of the Moms Run This Town group is what took my running to the next level. It introduced me to a group of amazing and dedicated runners whose experience I learned from and helped prepare and gently push me to take leaps of faith in my running. I really owe that group to where I am today.
With any running/training group there are people for all over the spectrum….. From full Ironman competitions, 100 mile events, 5k’s and any other number of amazing feats. There are also people whose feats are amazing just for getting out the door. Everyone determines their own path in this world and just because someone does not take their running “to the next level” does not make their feats any less praise worthy.
Each person chooses their own path. Their own destiny. Their own finish line. Some great feats are obvious to all, but some are not so easily recognized.
Recently I was taking with a woman from my Hypopara athlete training group. We were talking about various treatment options, comparing levels, and symptoms. She by trade was an amazingly organized person and created spreadsheets tracking her levels, dosages, and such. Have to say that I was in awe of what she did and felt like a bit of a slacker, but I’ve never been that organized of a person. Anyone want to create spreadsheets for me? Ha!
During our chat, we talked exercise. Her doctor who is also a leading doctor for Hypoparathyroidism has different mindset than mine who is also a leading doctor. Hers does not want her to do strenuous exercise because then she must up her calcium intake while my doctor does not think this is an issue as long as my levels stay good. I do need to up calcium levels during exercise and while I do not take a tremendous amount of calcium compared to some people with the disorder, I do adjust on days that I push myself adding almost 1000mg or more depending upon intensity/sweating/distance.
She asked me a question that I can’t seem to shake….
Is it worth it?
My immediate response was yes because I get so much from it. Great cardio workout, hopefully help to maintain weight which creeped up, friendships, and honestly the most important… The peace of mind it brings. The clarity that I get when my mind ponders things during a run I have not been able to duplicate elsewhere.
Still…. I ponder….
Even with these things I need to ask myself, “Is it worth it?”
Pushing myself can be difficult. I’ve recently realized that my calcium drops with my cycle but even at my “normal” levels there are issues. And while I have adjusted and continued my training, I have been pondering what to do after NYC Marathon.
The marathon is a tough beast. It is unforgiving. It is intense. It is harsh, but in the end and at it’s core
IT IS A BEAUTIFUL AND AMAZING JOURNEY
For now, it is worth it.