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This week’s Word is PERSPECTIVE
or according the dictionary, “a sensible way of judging how good, bad, important, etc. something is in comparison with other things.”
We stress about weather forecasts.
We get anxious about running hills.
We worry about our paces, our PRs, our split times…
We compare ourselves to other runners.
So how do we keep our running in perspective?
- Don’t take running for granted.
Just think back to the last time you were injured. Think about those who cannot run.
- Forget about the current weather conditions.
When you’re cold, think back to when it was too hot and humid to run.
When you’re sweating out there, think back to when you couldn’t run because of the ice and snow.
- Run for fun.
Leave the Garmin home. Run without thinking about your pace. Just enjoy the scenery or your thoughts.
- Accept things that you cannot control.
Accept that if you are aging, you will get slower.
There will be days that your runs suck and then there will be runs that are great.
Some runners are just naturally faster (even without trying.)
- Get someone to start running.
Inspiring someone else to run, seeing someone cross the finish line for the first time will change how you feel about running.
- It’s only a training plan.
Plans are meant to be broken. There is no cookie cutter solution to running your best race. Adjust the plan to meet your needs. This may mean skipping runs or shortening distances.
- There will always be another race.
As soon as a disappointing race is over, sign up for another.
You can learn from your mistakes but you shouldn’t dwell on them. We always do our best but sometimes our best isn’t enough.
Happy Running! How do you keep your running in perspective?