This is one race I am NOT looking forward to (not because of the organization but because I realized I may not be as ready as I thought I would be).
There is a strong fear of DNF-ing here but I shouldn't let that control me. So to get some sort of inspiration for this Sunday's 42km race, I looked at some marathon quotes on the web:
"It hurts up to a point and then it doesn't get any worse."
"Marathon running is a terrible experience: monotonous, heavy, and exhausting."
Veikko Karvonen, 1954 European and Boston Marathon Champ
"To describe the agony of a marathon to someone who's never run it is like trying to explain color to someone who was born blind."
"You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can't know what's coming."
"If you feel bad at 10 miles, you're in trouble. If you feel bad at 20 miles, you're normal. If you don't feel bad at 26 miles, you're abnormal."
Rob de Castella, winner 1983 World Marathon Championships
"The marathon can humble you."
Bill Rodgers, winner of four Boston and four NYC marathons
"The difference between the mile and the marathon is the difference between burning your fingers with a match and being slowly roasted over hot coals."
Hal Higdon, running writer and coach
"Marathoning is just another form of insanity."
John J. Kelly, winner of the 1952 Boston Marathon
"Marathoning is like cutting yourself unexpectedly. You dip into the pain so gradually that the damage is done before you are aware of it. Unfortunately, when the awareness comes, it is excruciating."
"No marathon gets easier later. The half way point only marks the end of the beginning."
"I also feel it usually takes four or five races to hit your best marathon for your body to be accustomed to the training AND the race itself."
- Bill Rodgers
"Learn to run when feeling the pain: then push harder."
"You're running on guts. On fumes. Your muscles twitch. You throw up. You're delirious. But you keep running because there's no way out of this hell you're in, because there's no way you're not crossing the finish line. It's a misery that non-runners don't understand."
To those running the Cebu Full Marathon, I just have to ask:
Are you as excited as I am? Or are you regretting you opened my blog? :)
"I don't aim to win. I don't aim to lose. I just aim to give it MY ALL, cross the finish line and be reunited with my family and friends. To God Be the Glory!"
See you all this Sunday!