Not gonna lie – it’s been a tough few months of running. The year started with a bang when I ran really well in the Yankee Springs Winter Challenge 50k.
It’s since fizzled. Life happens, it’s all good, you push through work, being ill, whatever, and get back to running as time permits. As I’ve stated on the blog before, I love to run, but on the list of my priorities, it falls below family and work so sometimes I run into stretches where I don’t get out as much as I want.
In any case, I found myself a bit frustrated this morning. It was a short run (4 miles), I was running slower than I’d like, my knee kinda hurt, and I was generally bummed that I wasn’t where I should be with my running – especially with my first 50 miler coming this summer.
I thought about how I’m not running as fast, or as far, or as often as many others who’re training for similar races. I follow some pretty stout athletes on twitter / strava / wordpress (I’m likely looking at YOU!), in part to keep me motivated and in part to learn something. The downside is – when they’re crushing it, and I’m not, it can be a bit of a downer.
Then I remembered … I’m not running their race. I’m not running their training run. I’m not running their pace. I’m not running for them. I’m running for me, and for my race. That’s what’s important. And as long as I’m doing the best I can at any given time, it’s all good.
If you find your self in a similar mindset, remember – it’s YOUR run!
So with that, here’s a picture from MY race, the Marquette Trail 50k, to remind me of what I’m headed back to this summer for 50 miles.
In other news, @henryhoward wrote a cool article on my WSER goal – check it out, he did a great job!