Don't misunderstand. I am by no means declaring that I am going to do a marathon. Do I need to repeat that? I have always said there is not one ounce in me that feels like I need to do this. Not on my bucket list. It will never be a regret.
That said, I'm a competitive bastard. So when I casually mentioned that me and Andrea had very briefly discussed walking a marathon as opposed to running one and my lovingly supportive husband declared, "You can't walk a marathon!!!" something happened.
Why can't I? Are there rules that actually say you can't walk it? Will I not feel like I have accomplished something if I don't run it? Am I taking the easy way out? Turns out he only really meant that there isn't enough time to walk the marathon if you aren't a speed walker. And I don't want to do that. Those guys are bad ass. My trainer suggested that we alternate. Jog 2 miles, walk 1 etc. Now that is something I can wrap my brain around and it got me thinking...
So I did some research. Turns out marathons courses are open for 8 hours, which comes down to basically an 18 minute mile. Well, I can do that!! Especially if I alternate running and walking. There are a couple of marathons designed just for walkers but they are fairly far away. If I were to do this I would only do the Twin Cities one so I could be close to home as I am sure I would die after. (Bob has since informed me that The Twin Cities Marathon is only open for 6.....that sounds harder. lol)
I put on my running shoes this morning and decided to just see where my starting point was and if this were perhaps something achievable.
I did 10 miles. Alternating jogging and walking mile by mile.
Well I'll be damned.
I still don't know if I will do this. But it's in the back of my mind as a possibility.