As many know, I’m digging this running sport. I’ve come to terms that I probably won’t win a race, my age group, or turn heads with my lightning speed. Although I’ve gotten quicker over the last year, I know I won’t be at the head of the pack. I’m good with that! I’m enjoying myself.
However, it seems that this sport is about justifying yourself with 2 special words – only & just. This probably happens unintentionally, but it goes a little something like this… I only ran 10 miles today. I didn’t run the Full Marathon, I just ran the Half Marathon. I only run at a 8, 9, 10, or a 11-something pace. I’ve heard these words so many times. This often happens when talking to newly met runners when you’re trying to establish where on the running scale you rank.
If you’re a runner, a 5K runner, or a Marathon runner… we’re all training to do the same thing. Cross the finish line and hopefully do it a little better than the last time. Nothing feels better than knowing that you trained as well as possible and ran the race as well as you personally could.
Sure, we cross the finish line at different times, but I’m positive that the effort levels exerted are at the same high levels. Do we really need to justify ourselves with saying that I only run at a X-something pace and that it was a just a X distance race? I don’t think so. However, it’ll happen again and again. Just smile when it does.
Here’s a scary “only” for ya or for me… Only 4 more weeks until the Dallas White Rock Marathon! I cannot wait to run it! So many thoughts going through on how those last 6 miles will feel.