In my ten mile race this past weekend, I was not last…but very close to it! While no one ever wants to be last, I have to keep reminding myself that I am not racing everyone else, I am racing myself! I am racing the old me…and the new me is winning.
When I start to feel insecure about my times—I look at where I started and where I am now. When I first started, I could run only a few minutes of my 2 mile runs. These two mile runs were hard work for me and it took me over thirty minutes. I would average about 16 minutes a mile. Now, I can run an 11 minute mile. My “easy” run days are 3 milers and I can finish in about 35 minutes. While 35 minutes for a three mile run may be terrible for some, for me it’s awesome!
I have been thinking a lot about my 9/11 Run to Remember 5k coming up. My sisters and a few friends will be doing it also. My goal is not to beat any of them, but to beat my time from my June 5k. I did the Baltimore Women’s Classic on June 26th and came in at 41:44. I have done lots of 5k practice runs since then, coming in at around 36-38 minutes. So, that is what my goal will be: to finish the 5k in less than 38 minutes. If I achieve my goal, I will cut my 5k PR by almost 4 minutes. Not bad for less than three months of a time difference.
Do you compare yourself to other runners? Do you find it helps or hurts you? How to you make yourself stop?
A dream is a wish…
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