At my group track session this morning (about 25 folks) we broke off into groups because the majority of runners are preparing for a full marathon and half marathon in the next few weeks. It was funny because there were of 4 of us remaining that were not training for a half or full marathon. Several folks were surprised that I wasn't running the upcoming marathon and asked why. I actually had to pause and then I smiled because the answer was so easy . . . I don't like the long distances. They looked confused and I said when I did run marathons it finally hit me that I did it only because that's what everyone does and I finally realized neither the actual race nor training was fun. However, once I discovered speed and middle distances, the love of running returned.
I told them my favorite training run in the world is the 1 hr. run. (20 min. warm-up, 20 min. progressive, 20 min. hard). I guess this is why the 5k and 10k are my favorite races. Funny thing is I only run about 15% fewer miles per week than when I ran marathons but I'm healthier, stronger and faster.
It was an interesting morning because I'm wondering if there are others with similar experiences. Seems most runners, even newbie’s, naturally gravitate toward the marathon distance. However, the elites all mastered shorter distances first and some never move up to the marathon distance.
Anyway, that got me thinking.