Sunday, November 15, 2009

A Sport of “Only” and “Just”


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.


Genevieve said...

How true it is to live in a world of only and just! I think one of the biggest reasons for it is crossing whatever is a barrier for you. The first time I ran 20 was a huge accomplishment. Any distance shorter than that is "only" 5, 8, 9, 12, etc. As far as "just" goes, just the 5K, just the're challenging yourself to do more the next time.

Chris said...

Very nice perspective. I usually use both in the same sentence, like "if I can only just get through this 5K, 1/2 Marathon, (fill in the blank running race.) LOL.

Good luck on your marathon. I have a friend from Middle Tennessee that will be running there also.