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Conquer Yourself (Why I’m Running a Marathon)

“Why are you running a marathon?”, is by far the most frequent question I’ve gotten since announcing that I’d be running one in late April. It’s a valid question, and one that I still ask myself when I start to get tired after mile 5 of my current running regiment.

I’m at day two of my official training schedule, and in the video above, I share some insight as to why I’m embarking on this journey.

In short, running is a battle not against competition, but rather, against yourself. It’s an extremely personal experience. It’s a battle against your own mind and body. It’s a test of wills. Who will be triumphant? The bruised feet, the heavily beating heart, and the chaffed nipples, or a person who was able to overcome himself to achieve something great?

That, my friends, is what this is all about. It’s not about proving anything to anyone else. It’s about proving something to myself. It’s an inward journey that will require focus, dedication, and perseverance the likes of which I’ve never been faced with on a personal level.

And as for you? It may not be a marathon, but you owe it to yourself to challenge…yourself. Whether it be running 26 miles, moving to a new place, or deciding that this is the year you’re going to finally start your business. Push yourself harder. Test your will. Challenge your comfortability.

Here goes nothing…

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  1. That’s awesome! Good luck, Matt!

    Two thoughts — running a competition against yourself is exactly why I go to CrossFit. I’m not stronger, faster, or mightier than the people I do workouts with, but they still cheer me on and I push myself to push myself. It’s amazing.

    Second, read “What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” by Haruki Murakami. It’s his memoir about why he runs maratons and writes. Amazing book, I think you’d love it.

    • Thanks, Laura! The most rewarding thing about running (or in your case, Crossfit) is overcoming yourself. Love it!

      And thanks for the book recommendation. I’m definitely going to check it out!

  2. I’ve been looking for things to challenge myself this year, and your push to do a marathon has pushed me to make time for it as well. I’ve always been so weary of it, knowing that I’m definitely more of a sprinter than a long-distance runner.. but here’s to 2012, doing what you never thought you’d do! Cheers, good luck, and keep us updated on how it goes!

    • Will do! You can keep up to tabs on me here: – so you’re planning to run a marathon as well? Let me know how things are going as you train. Gotta’ keep each other accountable!