I have a confession. I am a slow runner.
Monica at Run Eat Repeat wrote about comparing yourself to others and it made me wonder how often this happens. When you read blog posts about Iron Man finishes or back to back marathons, it can be difficult to stop the thoughts about how you compare. Are you really a runner if you run 10 minute miles? If you take walk breaks? If you stay at the back of the pack?
It is easy to say I could never do that or to discount your own athletic accomplishments because they are not as “impressive”. When I get to that point, I think back to just starting the C25K program and that running for ten minutes seemed impossible. I think of my first 5K and how nervous I was but so proud to have crossed the finish line. Even telling a non-runner you ran one mile will garner you a look of amazement.
Running is personal and everyone is different. I am slow and that is ok because I am faster than I was six months ago. I am training for my first half-marathon which I will finish and have fun training. That is good enough for me.
Do you compare yourself to others?