Today’s Wednesday word is comparison, if you didn’t pick up on that fact from the title.
Do you compare yourself to other runners? I sure do. I try not to, but what with the internet and all, it’s really hard not to. We’re all posting our runs, our mileage, our times, our races — myself included, of course.
If you read this blog for any length of time you will no doubt pick up on the fact that I am often frustrated by my lack of speed. I work diligently on it, sometimes I seem to improve, other times I seem mired in the same quicksand I’ve been in since I started running.
In fact, one day my husband joked that I should put that 13.1 sticker on my car (see my blog post on modesty to see where it actually is), because that’s my typical pace!
One reason I do continue to post my pace on Facebook and Instagram is because I know there are other runners out there that are running that pace. Or wish they could run that fast. Make no mistake, my pace isn’t slow because of lack of trying, and I have the sweat drenched running clothes to prove it.
“My race, my pace”. Boy, you see that over and over again on the internet, right? But couldn’t I just borrow someone else’s pace for once? Say, for an upcoming race?
‘There is not comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying — Francis Bacon
That Bacon guy was pretty smart, no? Hard to believe he’s been dead 500 years. He puts a whole new spin on the word comparison. And it’s one I totally believe in, too. In fact, it’s what keeps me trying.
Failure is not not meeting your goals; failure is never trying. There was also that Edison guy, and he failed like 10,000 times, right?
I think it is okay to compare yourself to other people. To other runners. But only if it keeps you in the race.