As a runner, I tend to follow other runners on social media. Whether it is old cross country teammates, friends I ran with college, professional athletes or other run bloggers, running dominates my social media (especially Instagram).
I’ve never been a fast runner and I’ve had to work like hell in order to finish my two half marathons. But when I get on Insta and see women who just had babies 4-5 months ago run 11 miles at a pace that I can’t even dream of right now, the insecurities start to creep in.
If she can do it, then why can’t I?
That’s is not healthy. Sure it’s nice to have competition, but the only competition you need should be with yourself.
Be better than yesterday (or last week, or last month)
Be faster than you were.
Please tell me I am not the only one who feels this way?!
I am so proud of these women (some I know personally and other I just follow their blogs) but then I get down on myself for not being as fast or running as much milage as them.
Why should it matter?!
I want to be proud of myself and my accomplishments. Even if that means my long run for the week was 3 miles and I took some walking breaks.
I guess it just really sucks to know that I could once run 13 miles without stopping (and at under a 10 minute pace) and now I’m just happy to finish a 5k in 30ish minutes.
Thanks for listening to me ramble, friends.
Keep the faith, trust the process. It has to pay off in time. Right?