GPdrums || Marathon Drummer

Why I’m Running a Marathon

Posted in Marathon Training by gpdrums on December 20, 2008
San Diego - May 31, 2009

My Goal: San Diego - May 31, 2009

Running a marathon is something I’ve wanted to do for many years. I came across a website recently called Marathon Rookie that really inspired me to go for it. I’m still reading through the website, and I intend to use it regularly to learn the ins and outs of being a marathoner, but I’ve already caught on to the importance of having a reason.

Now, by nature, I’m a goal-oriented guy, and I’ve learned over the years that a big, challenging goal is rewarding on more levels than one can possibly imagine or realize ahead of time. But the secret to achieving such a goal lies in its reason. For example, my reason for going back to college was to simply finish my education, but on a deeper level, my sons saw me working full-time, going to school, and achieving straight A’s. I hadn’t thought about that before I made the decision to return to college. There were some other deeper results that I won’t go into here, but the point is, whatever the reason for doing anything, there is always more to it than what can be seen on the surface.

I want to run a marathon.

I’m 39–a couple of months from 40. I’ve gained some weight over the years and I need to drop a good 60 80 pounds. I’m 6’3″ and 270. I sit a lot at my job. It’s hard enough to find clothes for a big guy like me, but it is harder still when you are taller than you are wide. I’m tired of it. I’m tired of how I look and feel. I need to lose some weight. Blah, blah, blah…

Is this a good reason to run a marathon? Hardly!

Such an endeavor requires a deeper level of thinking. As I surmised from the Rookie Marathon website, the mind leads and the body follows. I love the General Patton quote:

“Now if you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon, and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired.”

I’m running a marathon to prove to myself I can do it. The 26 mile marathon is a high bar. It’s completion has nothing to do with physical power, but it has everthing to do with mental power. To me, completing a marathon will prove once and for all I can do anything. All those other things like losing weight, feeling good, finding clothes that fit… those along with probably dozens of other things will be achieved in the process of training to achieve the bigger prize I’m after: To call myself the “Marathon Drummer”.


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