It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of races, and the competition it drives in us. We see people running half marathons like it’s just a jog, going out for 15 mile training runs calling it easy, and sometimes, we might feel that has to be us. It ends up making us feel like our 3 mile runs, our 5K races, our 5 mile long runs aren’t enough. I would love to think this is just me, but I have a feeling I’m not the only one who thinks this. In fact, I was a bit ashamed that my race on Sunday was only a 10 mile race, and not a half, or full marathon. I was a bit embarrassed to talk about it on my blog all the time because it wasn’t something that seemed like it should be a big deal. On a different note, no one has ever made me think like this or told me this! In fact, you are all amazing and I can’t get over the support you gave me, and how you made me feel the complete opposite of this!
Though we would all like to be marathoners, or run half’s every weekend, or go for long runs in the double digits, the fact is: it’s not for everyone, and that’s ok!
… for you not to go running 5 days a week. Your body may like other workouts more, or your body just doesn’t handle running too well
… for your long run to be in the single digits, and be 4 or 5 miles. As long as you are pushing yourself, and enjoying it, who cares how long it is!
… for you to go out for a 2 mile run and call it a workout. It is a workout!
… for you to be enjoying the 5K races and not plan to do anything higher than that.
… for you to take a few weeks or months off of running, but still consider yourself a runner. Everyone needs a break sometimes to remember why we love it.
For me, it’s ok for my 10 mile run to be difficult, and enough. Ten miles is more than a lot of people will ever run in their lifetime, consecutively. It’s longer than most people realize, and it’s long enough, which was something I was having a hard time understanding. So what it wasn’t a half marathon? I talked about it before, and it’s basically confirmed that my body cannot handle that distance. It’s ok that I’m going to go back to shorter distances and make the most of them. It’s ok that I don’t spend every day running because my legs and feet need a break. I’m just not built for that. I’m so proud of setting a goal, and doing everything I could to beat it.
Whether you are training for a 5K, 10K, or whatever other distances there are, you need to embrace it, and be proud of it. My favorite sign from my race (and one that stuck with me) was
How true is that? Any goals we set, we must work for. If it comes easily, we didn’t push hard enough. All that matters is that you set out to conquer something that you want to conquer. Any distance that you push yourself for, and train for, is a huge accomplishment! We need to remember that it’s not about comparison. It’s about our own personal bests.
We live in a world where we always have to be the best, and do the most, and, sadly, aren’t happy until that happens. It’s easy to forget the little things, and just look at the large goal, but focus on the daily PRs, and the increase in weight you may have done. Those are all things that matter and are accomplishments. Now, don’t get me wrong; I will cheer for those running any distance! I love cheering people on, and helping them reach their goals!
I understand some people are just not runners, and this post really wasn’t defined to just speak to one category. It was based on my experience, but the message can be taken and used in all aspects of life.