Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Training Update and Comparison

More and more lately I've been so busy with other things, I haven't had time to post as regularly as usual.  I do try to post on a regular basis but April was a busy month for us. Hopefully, I'll be able to post more often as summer gets closer. 

Saturday I went out for a long run.  Some days I wonder how I ever ran a half marathon last year, or even more than that years ago.  Adding mileage back on is not an easy thing to do.  I did 5 miles at an easy pace and thought a lot about comparison while I was running. 5 miles @8:30 pace. 

People have said over and over again that comparison is the thief of joy. There's truth to that! Not just in running, but in life, when you start comparing yourself to someone else, you start feeling less and less joy in your life and more discontent and frustration. 

This is something I've been thinking about a lot lately while I'm running.  We all have to start somewhere in our running journey, some of us are starting for the first time, some are coming back from injury and some of us are in a really good place in our running.  Everyone is in a different place and that's ok! This, for me, particularly comes to mind when we are talking about pace. While some comparison (in a competitive way) can be good, comparing yourself to someone else or to your former self is not a good way of thinking ever. You are in a different place than you were a year ago and you've never been in the same place as most other people. You're unique and so your plan, your training, and your experience is going to be unique even if it seems the same on paper. 

Instead of dwelling on what you used to feel like when you ran, how fast you were back then, how you feel like you're never going to catch that person ahead of you in whatever way, focus on what you have to do in order to improve. Give your training your all, and then be happy and excited about everything that you ARE improving in. When you feeling like you're stuck in a situation like this, remind yourself that this isn't forever. This is a phase that will pass and you'll come out stronger in many ways for it. Be patient with yourself and let the process do its work. You will always get what you worked for. 

I didn't get a run in on Monday and that's totally ok with me. Being flexible in my training is something that I make a priority because some days are just too busy and it's not going to happen.  So I'll be adding some speed training on to my workout today. 

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