Date: 2017-01-24 05:02 pm (UTC)
vass: A running shoe with a foot in it (Walking)
From: [personal profile] vass
So many things. SO MANY. My ego is all about the big ridiculous challenges.

(I actually did try to join the army reserves when I was 19 or so. Stupid, stupid idea. I was a pacifist, and I didn't know anyone at all who'd ever served. I asked them if they'd take me as a medic, and if so, if I'd be allowed not to carry a weapon. So I would be there patching people up, not hurting them. The recruiter said no, and got it through my head that if a medic did not defend themself, someone else would need to be deployed to defend them. I took the point and decided not to enlist. Kept getting recruiting letters from them a full year after that.)

I still want to run or walk a marathon, and I'm very dubious that I could do it without permanently injuring myself, which is why I haven't yet committed to the training regimen. (I'm very heavy and moderately hypermobile and have hip issues. So chances of damaging my joints are good.)

What I've sometimes had trouble making people understand when I occasionally talk about this is that it's not the marathon itself that makes me go all dreamy-eyed. Running 42.195km is cool and all, but that's not the awesome part for me.

The race day is the culmination of twenty-four weeks of training after at least a year of slow and steady base-building, and THAT'S the awesome part. It's that long-range planning, successfully followed through that I find exciting. The scope of it.
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