Running lately has been pretty good. I squeezed in 12 miles Friday morning.
I also almost ran smack into a goose on that run. Now that was terrifying.
He didn’t chase me or hiss, but he did look utterly shocked. Ya know, if a goose can look shocked.
Saturday- 8 easy miles during nap time
Sunday-5 easy miles late
Yesterday, I had a glorious lunchtime run. 5 miles on a sunny, cloud-free day. It definitely beat staring at the wall in my cubicle and smelling the stale, stagnant air in there.
So, running has been going well. Lately, I’ll look down at my watch and I’ll see times that are faster than I’ve ever run before. Like 2-3 minutes per mile faster than what I would run 4 years ago.
So I get excited and I’m proud, but then I think, “but so and so runs this pace and 100 miles per week.”
Or, “Blogger x or blogger y can run a 3 hour marathon. They would think you’re slow.”
And then I feel like maybe I’m not so great. That I need to work harder, do more speed work, squeeze in some more miles. Get faster, dammit. You know, in my spare time.
I realize this comparison thing is ridiculous. But, I think it’s important to address because I’m guessing I’m not the only one. So when I start to compare, or feel like I need to keep up with other bloggers I stop and remind myself that EVERY BODY is different.
That I have come so far.
I am doing the best I can.
Someone else’s awesomeness doesn’t diminish my awesomeness.
This is a hobby. It’s for fun. When I die, I won’t be remembered for running an 8 minute mile or a 7 minute mile. I’ll be remembered for being a great mom, wife, sister, friend, daughter, etc.
That this guy doesn’t care:
And this guy doesn’t care:
I’m awesome. And you’re awesome. (Are you hearing the Lego song now? Everything is awesome!!!)
And when I start this comparison crap, I will remember that. Yes, I can use others as inspiration to be the best me I can be, but that doesn’t diminish how great I am now and the long road it’s been to get here. It doesn’t take away from my greatness when others are great.
We’re all awesome! And we all have a story that is just as important as everyone else’s. Plus, no matter how speedy someone is or how great everything appears, no one’s life is perfect.
Now, go be awesome!
Do you ever get stuck comparing yourself to others? How do you turn it off?
Tell me about something awesome you did recently!