Normally I have been posting after my 3rd run of the week. Postgrad Week 9 ended with a cold which left me flat out and so run 3 did not happen. Runs 1 and 2 were OK so I should be happy right!
Well yesterday I reluctantly started back at work after a glorious 3 week break and with my cold still hanging over me have not run for nearly a week. As I sat down this morning considering should I run or not I started to flick through my running App looking at mine and my running friends feeds and what paces they are doing.
After some pondering I looked back at my early and later C25K runs and the pace that I was achieving and the distances I was achieving in comparison to now. I consoled myself that I might be slow in comparison with others but if I compare myself with myself-3 months or even 1 month I am so much better than I was.
The point here is that we need to be careful comparing ourselves with each other we all have our own stories and issues to contend with and in reality the only person we should be comparing ourselves with is ourselves! Sometimes we may have good runs and sometimes bad ones but if necessary look back to before we started this programme and think of how far we have come on this journey. A journey begins with a single step and each run brings confidence allowing us to improve. For some improvements will be rapid and for some very slow. Set backs can and most probably will occur, the important thing is that we just need to get back up and run again when they occur (maybe after a short break on the IC if necessary).
My cold is annoying me - I have a cough to go with it and know from previous years that I might have it for a couple of months. If I remain gloomy I will not run for 2 - 3 months! Ha no way! What is good is that this year I have a desire to continue what I have started and am trying to stop myself going out until I am right - having said that I am considering a short lunchtime run! (Fingers crossed I can run my cough and cold out of town!)
Reading the posts on this forum, of peoples journeys and on my running app seeing how people are doing is inspiring. Thank you for sharing.
Happy running everyone and keep believing in yourselves.