“Why am I so slow?!” I ask myself as I peruse thousands of Instagram photos of other runners’ workouts.
“This guy’s pace for his easy run is 5 minutes faster than my pace for hard runs.” “I’ve been running for much longer than this girl but she’s already waaaay faster than me.” “WHY AM I SO FREAKING SLOW?!”
Originally this post was going to involve me bitching about how no matter how hard I try or how much effort I put into running, I’m always going to be a back of the packer.
But then I really got to thinking, why does it matter? No seriously, why?! Why does it matter how fast or slow or whatever I am compared to anyone else. I’m not running for him, her, or anyone else. I’m running for me.
Sure I want to continue to improve. Who doesn’t? But I shouldn’t be comparing myself to others. At the end of the day I’m able to get out there and run, I enjoy doing it, I want to keep running for the rest of my life, and have fun all the while. That’s what really matters.
I’m not going to stop looking through the running tag on Instagram. I enjoy seeing how other people’s runs go, what works for them, and what doesn’t. I just need to stop comparing myself to them. I’m still a runner and that makes me pretty damn awesome!