It’s often said that comparison is the thief of joy. This is true in all areas of life, but especially running. As runners we are constantly measuring ourselves (and others) by pace. We want to be faster than the next guy and are envious of those that run faster than us. We judge ourselves and others by speed, mileage and so many other things, but the person we are cheating is ourselves.
Running and pace are relative. What is fast to some may be slow to others. Even elite athletes have goals of performing better. There is no scale to measure your level of ambition, heart or follow through.
For many the Boston Marathon, is the unattainable and illusive feat. It is the race and experience that keep us focused on running and working towards the goal of getting a BQ. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to run Boston, but the reality is this. If I compare myself to those runners, I will always feel defeated instead of working on making myself better.
Some don’t care about qualifying times or PRs and that is fine too. The minute you start comparing yourself to the person next to you is the minute you lose yourself. It’s easy to look at an elite runner or someone that runs faster than you and feel inadequate, but then there is no joy in running.
Love the pace you are in and take little steps each day to make your goals a reality. Maybe you want to run a 5k without having to stop and walk or maybe you want to go sub 4 in the marathon. All of those things will never be possible if you are constantly looking around you instead of looking within. Look at yourself and appreciate where you are in your journey right now. Look at yourself to determine what you can do better instead of looking to see what someone else is doing. Only you can know what is realistic and attainable for you.
There is no substitute for hard work so keep your head up and your legs strong. The rest of it will come in time. But as for the Boston Marathon, let’s cheer for all the runners running Boston today and the ones running neighborhood streets at home chasing the unicorn.
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