What makes Mainly Marathons events so special? Read about one runner’s experience below!
Open letter to all of those that ran/walked in, organized or supported the runners in the Appalachian Series:
As a “Rookie” that just completed his first “Mainly Marathon” Series, I’ve been following some of the post-commentary and didn’t want too much time to pass before I threw in my two cents. For all of you “Veterans” of past Series, you might have asked yourself somewhere along the line this week, “I wonder what people that are doing this for the first time think of the rest of us?”. Hence, the reason for my post.
I have to acknowledge I went into these 5 days signed up for the Half Marathons with my eyes wide open not knowing what to expect. I mean, go ahead, Google ‘Training Plan for running 5 Marathons/Half-Marathons in 5 Days’ and let me know what you get. I’ll save you the time. Nada, nothing, zip-o-la.
It’s not like I haven’t done back-to-back Half-Marathons before on a Saturday/Sunday weekend, but 5 days? In a row? All of my running friends and family thought this was completely nuts.
My biggest concern is that I would be running with a bunch of elite marathoners/half-marathoners that eat 30 milers for breakfast and have no time to talk to or spend time with mere mortals like myself. ‘What if I get stuck with a bunch of running snobs?’, “What if I fail half way through the week?’ were just a couple of thoughts that crossed my mind before getting on the flight to Charlotte. When you’re running an event like this, these thoughts are just normal. But, boy, I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I know I don’t have to tell any of you this, but this is what I found. What I found were some of the greatest people that have ever graced the running/walking community. At the races, the hotels and the dinners each evening, everyone was so accommodating of the ‘rookies’. You willingness to share insights of what you’ve learned from running these in the past and the encouragement you provided before, after, and during the races, showed a ‘spiritual’ side to running not found in the big or small races. I absolutely loved the fact that we have runners that just started doing marathons in the past year all the way up to 1,000 (plus) marathoners in this series.
It was my experience through the week that as the number of days spent together increased, barriers got broken down. We all went beyond the physical, mental and spiritual barriers that runners experience in a one race on a weekend setting. We got to tap into the metaphysical limits that our mind has placed on us, to a place where you go beyond not only your individual experience, but to that place that wants everyone to have a great experience. And the best part is that you get to share it with them.
My wife asked me to describe what the five plus days were like. I told her, “It’s was like “Field of Dreams” for runners/walkers that just love this sport. And this past week, I got to play ‘Moonlight Graham‘ as the Rookie that they allowed to come in and play.’
I think if I had any regret over anything about this last week, it was the fact that I scheduled my flight so close to when I had to finish, that I had to leave right after my Half Marathon on Wednesday. I wish I could’ve stayed to see all of you come in.
Well, I’ve got to finish all this rambling I’m doing. You’re probably wondering ‘So, get to reason for your post, what did you think of all this?’ In short, you people are all part of some freaking crazy running club. But it’s a GREAT kind of crazy.
And I want in.
Plan to see me at a 2015 Series.
Jim “Moonlight Graham” Reimann
Want to join the madness, but not quite crazy enough to do full or half marathons? We’ve been asked if there was a way shorter distance runners could participate in our fantastic series. Ask and you shall receive! Mainly Marathons is proud to announce a new distance to all of our great events starting in 2015, the 5K!
A 5K is 3.1 miles, or about 1.5 loops on our typical course. This is a great distance to start at if you are interested in endurance running, and these 5Ks will feature everything Mainly Marathons is already famous for! Starting with next year’s Dust Bowl Series, every event will now have a 5K, as well as a Full and a Half marathon. So sign up today and come out and join us!
See you on the course!
You’ve seen them out on the course. They rarely win, but you always see them out there running, and running and running. And sometimes walking.
These events were inspired by and designed for them, and for those who just want to run long and run often.
Whether you want to participate in one marathon, half-marathon, or 5K, pick up a couple of new states in your quest to finish all 50, or you want to take the ultimate challenge and run every race in a series, we encourage you to join us. Walkers are just as welcome as runners: none of our races have a time limit, and you never need to worry about whether you’ll make it before the course support has packed up and gone home. (In fact, we have become famous for celebrating last place in every race with the now-coveted caboose!)
Mainly Marathons puts on a race series like no other, from the unique course setup to the unparalleled spread of food and drinks to fuel you on your journey, all mixed with a sense of fun and family you just won’t find anywhere else.