I was trying to finish the Cox Running Club Thanksgiving Day 5K (aka the Turkey Trot) in under 30 minutes. Actually, I didn't give too much thought to what my finishing time would be at first. Then hubby put it in my head that I should shoot for finishing in under 30. I told him I wasn't sure I could do that these days. While 30 minutes is slower than my 5K personal record, my training runs usually put me at about 31-32 minutes at the 5K mark. He said if I didn't run it in under 30 then Thanksgiving would be cancelled this year. How's that for motivation? lol
|Cox Racing Club Thanksgiving Day 5K at Trinity park in Fort Worth.|
I missed the mark by just under 4 seconds. In my defense I spent at least 4 seconds in the beginning getting around the walkers. It's OK though, my eventual success will be that much sweeter. I am working to get stronger and faster every day and soon I will be back! I am considering registering for the Christmas Day Run and the New Years Eve run for my comeback 5K races.
|I always do a double take when it says age 40. What? Oh yeah, that's my age now.|
This got me thinking about something runners do, and I am as guilty as any.
"I ran a 5K but I was slow."
"I only ran 3 miles today."
"I know my pace isn't as fast as some others, but I feel good that I ran a 10 minute mile."
"I know I don't run as far as other runners, but I ran 6 miles for the first time today."
"I'm not a real runner."
Why do we do this? It's like we have to put out the disclaimer before we share our accomplishments, maybe we say it because we are afraid someone one will say it first.
"Oh Lea, you finished your 5K in 30:03? That's pretty slow." It's like I have to tell you I know I am slow before you tell me first. But the truth is no one cares as much as I do about how fast I run, how far I run, or how many miles I put in each week. Besides, the running community is largely a supportive, inclusive community. I see very little negativity. There is no need to undermine our successes. I am proud of my finishing time.
I got up early on Thanksgiving morning and ran a 5K. I ran it faster than most of my training runs. YAY ME.
We should know better. It is not like anyone is judging us based on our pace or milage. There is no good pace or bad pace. It is your pace, your level, your ability. If you run a 7 minute mile or a 12 minute mile, there will likely be someone faster and someone slower. The key is to compare yourself to you and work to improve based on your own personal best, not someone else's.
I say STOP IT RIGHT NOW. Stop undermining your successes with "But" and "Only" and make this your 2015 New Year's resolution. Repeat after me.
"I will be proud of my accomplishments and not undermine them. I will not compare myself to other runners. I will banish "But" and "Only" from my running vocabulary. I run, therefore I am a runner."
And if you were wondering where Ollie was at the Turkey Trot, you obviously missed the disaster (aka misadventure) that happened last year.
Hubby granted me a Thanksgiving pardon for my four second shortcoming and Thanksgiving dinner went off without a hitch.
Will you join me in banishing BUT and ONLY from your running vocabulary? I hope you're enjoying your weekend, friends. I gotta run. I
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