Tuesday, October 18, 2011

How running a marathon is like having a baby.

Disclaimer- I have never had a baby. Chill out, Dad.

What people say to pregnant woman: Ahh! Look at your stomach!
What people say to runner: Ahh! Look at your stomach!

What people say to pregnant woman: Should you be eating that?
What people say to runner: Should you be eating that?

What people say to pregnant woman: Are you just hungry all the time?
What people say to runner: Are you just hungry all the time?

What people say to pregnant woman: How long until you're done?
What people say to runner: How long until you're done?

What people say to pregnant woman: How long do you think it'll take?
What people say to runner: How long do you think it'll take?

What people say to pregnant woman: What will you do if {insert bodily function} happens during it? Because I saw this video where this woman..... (this is where the question asker gets really animated and graphic)
What people say to runner: .... you get the idea...


Ok... so I'm semi-exaggerating, and obviously being pregnant is way more personal than running a marathon, but oh my goodness, the questions I get asked. I SNEEZED today and was asked what I would do if that happened during the marathon. Uh... keep running?

I will admit that having everyone around me know what I'm doing is cool. It is a motivator, although lately I've thought about just lying to people. So tempting to blow people's minds by saying "oh yeah, totally ran 47 miles this week" because one of the more common questions I've been asked is "How many miles is your marathon?" I'm gonna start just throwing out numbers.

I'm running a 34 mile marathon. The extra 8 are for luck.

Running a 22 miler because I hear those last 4 suck anyways.

I swear I'm not a mean person, and I get that what might seem common knowledge to runners totally isn't common knowledge for everyone. Still, the naive questions are maybe getting a little grating since I'm already reallllly nervous. I've had people ask me IF I will finish, and when I answer honestly, that I'm not 100% sure I will, they get all weirded out. I'm truthful.

Anyways... my answers to those statements up top?
-"thanks?"
-"Pretty sure a mini-Snickers won't kill me"
-"yes, totally, that's why I'm eating this Snickers"
-"I am done when I cross the finish line. Sometime on October 30. Or October 31 if things go poorly"
-"It takes some people around 2 hours. A one hundred year old just finished in 8.5 hours. I'd like to be faster than the 100 year old but I'll take what I can get."
-If I {bodily function} myself, I'll probably cry, suck it up, and then carry on. Same holds true if I get tired, hungry, or something hurts. I'm finishing this thing, damn it.

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