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What about my friend who ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll without training? I should make it clear that while my friend didn’t train for a marathon, this is a person who does three miles a few times a week and also bumps it up to six or seven miles about once a week — with hills.

If you’re wondering, I’m not revealing the gender of this person because of the whole black market bib thing.

My friend finished in roughly five hours and twenty minutes. I congratulated my friend, “You did it. You participated in a marathon!”

“I’ve wanted to do one forever and this seemed like the right time.”

“How did you feel?”

“At the halfway point I felt great but at 17 miles I gave it up and walked.”

“Have you ever run 17 miles before?”

“No, not even close.”

I decided I wanted to challenge this person a little bit. “So you didn’t run a marathon…”

“Yes I did! I finished.”

“You ran 17 miles and walked 9 miles. That’s not running a marathon. You participated in a marathon.”

“You can call it whatever you want but I did it.”

I let it go at that but I hope at some point my friend trains for a marathon and runs it from start to finish.

In my opinion, the best part of running a marathon is the training. As in any endeavor, it’s not accomplishing the goal we set that is most important. The primary reason for chasing a goal is who we become in the process.

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Bob_Hudson June 5, 2012 @ 9:45 a.m.

So is this tongue-in-cheek or actually, as it seems, a smug dismissal of your "friend's" effort?

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Garrett Harris June 5, 2012 @ 10:36 a.m.

I was thrilled that my friend did this. The next post will get into how hard it is to run your first marathon start to finish--even if you've trained. I was definitely baiting my friend, primarily because I'd love to train for and run a marathon with them.

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nan shartel June 6, 2012 @ 8:27 a.m.

so are u qualified 4 Boston now tenor...lolol

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Garrett Harris June 9, 2012 @ 9:48 a.m.

I can only hold my Boston qualifying pace for a half marathon right now...

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nan shartel June 9, 2012 @ 10 a.m.

aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh...it does require everyday running...but i would think with the yoga and opera breathwork u'll improve rapidly...

my daughter in law is a runner...she's now moving into triathlete...she qualifies 4 Boston every year at the Rock and Roll

she runs almost everywhere now...travels to run....she started at 32 and has been running 6 years now...her kids run with her in the neighborhood

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