This post came to me this week after hearing 2 different people tell me that they were embarrassed by their pace. One from a super sweet, super awesome running blogger friend of mine and the other from a lady at the conference that I attended. At the conference I had the opportunity to do a little interview with one of the speakers during her session. She was talking about healthy ways we can relieve stress and clear our minds and she knows that I run. She wanted to get across some of the many benefits of exercise and learn a little more about running. After the session a lady came up to me and we talked a bit more. She started out by telling me that she was embarrassed by how slow she goes.
I just have 2 things say:
1. NEVER be embarrassed by your pace!!!!!
2. Remember that comparison is the thief of joy
I am even talking to myself when I say this. I have had days…even a few weeks at a time where I just could not get into it and my paces were just off of what they had been or where my legs felt like they weighed a million pounds. I have looked at someone else’s paces or mileage and compared….it can be easy to do. Then you start thinking that for whatever reason what you are doing is now embarrassing….but that is such wrong thinking. We need to get control of those thoughts and think about the truth. We are all at different places in life with different goals. We are not all professional runners, but we are not all beginners either. So be proud of where you are at and what you are doing and keep at it!!!
Now of course we will all have those days when we know that we could have done better but for whatever reason we don’t. Maybe you are tired or it is that time of the month 🙂 or it is just an off day….we ALL have those days. Running is made up of good runs and bad runs. One day may feel effortless and the next may feel like it is all you can do to get one foot in front of the other…it is just what running is all about. What is so great about those hard days is that they make the great ones seem that much greater!!! Even on the hard days though, never be embarrassed by your time. It may not be as fast as you want or as another runner, BUT you did it when it was hard! Sometimes it is just our body telling us “I need a break and I am taking it whether you give it to me or not”.
The point of this all is just to say that sometimes we just need to give ourselves a break. Look at where we are at and how far we have come and take it one step at a time :).
Remember why you love running!
Speaking of loving running…I really love running today!
I had an awesome speed work day today!
My workout went like this:
2.5 mile warm up (8:15 pace)
4 x 1 mile on the roads with 1/4 mile walk in between.
Mile 1: 6:24
Mile 2: 6:25
Mile 3: 6:22…..At this point I am thinking there is NO way mile 4 will be faster than this but I am going to give it a try and not look at my watch until I am done!
Mile 4: 6:12!!!!!! This is not only a positive split (which I hardly ever do), but it is also the fastest mile that I have done on the track or road since high school I think!
2.5 mile cool down 8:10 pace
I am really pretty excited about that last mile!!!
Do you ever find yourself comparing or feeling embarrassed by your times?
What are some ways you stay motivated on the hard days?