Don't Compare Your Times to Other Runners, Only Yourself
In my ten mile race a few weekends ago, I was not last…but very close to it! While no one ever wants to be last, I have to keep reminding myself that I am not racing everyone else, I am racing myself! I am racing the old me…and the new me is winning.
When I start to feel insecure about my times—I look at where I started and where I am now. When I first started, I could run only a few minutes of my 2 mile runs. These two mile runs were hard work for me and it took me over thirty minutes. I would average about 16 minutes a mile. Now, I can run an 10 minute mile. My “easy” run days are 3 milers and I can finish in about 35 minutes. While 35 minutes for a three mile run may be terrible for some, for me it’s awesome!
I have been thinking a lot about the Jingle Bell Run I have coming up. My sisters and a few friends will be doing it also. My goal is not to beat any of them, but to beat my time from my Turkey Trot 5k time. I did the York Turkey Trot and came in at 37:44. I have done lots of 5k practice runs since then, coming in at around 36-38 minutes. So, that is what my goal will be: to finish the 5k in less than 36 minutes. If I achieve my goal, I will cut my very first 5k time by over 5 minutes. Not bad for less than six months of a time difference.
Do you compare yourself to other runners? Do you find it helps or hurts you? How to you make yourself stop?
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When I first started getting back into running after some complications with my legs, I found that I was constantly beating myself up for finishing my laps last at practice or not picking up the pace. It wasn't until I had been in my second month of track that I realized I shouldn't be racing against the other runners at PRACTICE! I should be racing for myself. That's when I started running for me and that's when my times started to get better. Don't get me wrong, competition is great, but I just needed to kick back and realize that I'm in this for myself. I think what you're doing is inspirational. Keep up the hard work and though I don't really know you, I'll be cheering you on! Good luck, Amy!
And P.S.- 35 minutes for a three miler is AWESOME. That's my time too..... AND I'M PROUD OF IT!!! :)