I definitely never want to win (fat luck for that anyway). I am a hedonist and a stubborn one. I want to run a marathon or a half one or whatever I will stop at quicker than walking the same distance, that’s non-negotiable And I actually expect being below 5 hours… But I couldn’t care less beyond that. Doing the distance when I can’t run for a few hundreds of meters now (I am trying since a few years but with almost no effort and I dislike running. I just want to learn it. I LOVE walking and hiking and if I can choose between walking and running, I usually choose walking), that would be plenty. Beyond that enjoyment/lack of suffering is my only goal. Okay, maybe it’s true for everyone but they get out more joy from being quick. I don’t. Running a marathon would be a not even very tiny miracle for me… Even though it’s realistic but theoretical possibilities mean little in my case. I can mess up even easy looking things!
I am very competitive, by the way but not when it comes to running, something I am awful at. I don’t care much about my speed when hiking or cycling either. When it’s cycling, I try not stopping all the time but if I get tired or warm or thirsty, I do… I just don’t do hard things. My cold showers only happen when they cause no suffering at all, it’s impossible for me to do them when I don’t want that level of coldness (hence I never do them in winter when the tap water is 5C or less. that wouldn’t be nice)…
Erm, sorry, just wanted to express one may not care about the time that much (of course I would like to be quick, well no chance for that… and I will try as long as it’s pleasant enough… it’s not fully indifferent but not really important for me).
And Alec, I am looking forward to your experiences! You made me more curious, maybe it will help me to break some barrier at running. I believe if I could do it regularly, I would eventually get better and run longer and it even would be easier than now.
I agree with you, by the way. It must be individual, it is a mix and a slower marathoner probably won’t run out, it would make no sense, people used to run for hours well fasted without problems… A half marathon for a normal person should be fine, sprints are fine as they are short… A very intense marathon? No idea. Do we have some info about it? The pros probably consume gels and whatnot… Did some try it without? It would help us out