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Looking in the wrong places for inspiration

Friday, January 28, 2011

I was browsing around yesterday at people's pages & I noticed this one girl who was posting her 5K run times. 55 mins/52 mins/49 mins...and so on. Really got to me....

I am holding off on doing my first 5k because I am so focused on time. I want to run my first 5k & come in under 30 minutes. I think it's a realistic goal. I have 3 months to shave off about 3 minutes. When I'm at the gym it's hard not to glance at the guy next to me who is running at 7.5 making it look like he is working moderately hard. Or when my trainer runs next to me at 6.5 & talks the ENTIRE time like it's a casual Sunday stroll. I run at 6.0 & I am working hard. Really hard to try to keep that pace as long as possible. Maybe I need to be more like the girl I looked at yesterday. She is proud of those times. She keeps making progress. I know I would beat myself up so much if my 1st 5K was not near my goal time. She is inspirational...I need to be more like her & not worry about what the person next to me is running. And to be proud of where I am now & not so obsessed on how to be better. I'm not going to run at what my trainer runs at. Probably ever. I can't compare myself to her on anyone else.

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    I was told by a dear friend that the most detrimental thing I was doing in my work out was not form, nor the wrong exercises, but being concerned with what everyone else was doing. She told me to focus and see amazing results. She was right. When I was working out with her after that (been a few years), I saw something amazing happen...not only my body but my entire attitude just lite up. Remember to be proud of you are doing and that if you still can't help but consider what others are doing, remember that they aren't you. You are your own special unique person.
    3836 days ago
  • GLMOM2
    For my first 5k was my goals were to finish & not come in last.

    For my 2nd 5k my goal is to beat my first time of 42.31 minutes! I have my next one or two coming up in April. Looking forward to improving my time for each run.


    Good luck to you on your 5k!!!
    3837 days ago
  • TBID227
    This is a great post and a great realization. During law school a very wise professor told me I could worry about what everyone else was doing and in the midst either not worry enough about what I was doing or feeling like I was not doing enough. So, I am in total agreement, stop comparing yourself and be proud of what YOU are acheiving. I have asthma, so running for me is out, be thankful you can run! I am doing good at 3.8 on the treadmill without having to use my inhaler after I work out.
    3837 days ago
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