Comparison is the Thief of Joy

“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! 

 

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10 thoughts on “Comparison is the Thief of Joy

  1. statomattic

    100% correct. It’s about challenging yourself and seeing the progress you make as you live enjoy a healthy and rewarding lifestyle. I will never be confused with someone who’s winning marathons. I’ll probably never even place in the top three in my age group. That doesn’t make what we do any less worthwhile. That’s one of the great things about the running community. Sure, there’s friendly competition in races, but the biggest competition is in our own heads to keep doing what we do. If you are out there running and helping your body and mind by doing so, you are winning no matter your pace.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      Totally agree!! I love the running community! I’ve never actually met anyone who made me feel bad about my pace, or not knowing this or that. Runners are so super welcoming and usually want to reach out and help newbies.

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    1. Ashley Dailey Post author

      You totally should!! Running is awesome an couch to 5k was how I originally got into it!! Lol but that doesn’t matter! The fact that you’re getting out there and running is the only thing that matters. 😄😄😄

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  2. girlmeetsrunning

    Completely agree! My fastest mile is about 4 minutes of my partner’s and I will probably never get anywhere near that (or the female equivalent). But I can run slow for nearly 2 hours (at the moment) which is such an accomplishment compared to the me who started couch to 5k running only 60 seconds at a time.

    We need to look at how far WE have come, not where we are in the pack. It’s hard to remember that sometimes, but it is true.

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  3. Melissa @ See Dav Run

    Hear, hear! Instagram is the best and worst for motivation. I love looking back through my own posts and seeing how things have changed. 🙂

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