A topic that is always current, especially with social media running applications like Strava. It makes perfect sense that we should not compare ourselves to others, we are completely unique, our age, genetics, work and family life, past injuries and medical issues make us who we are, and only we can know and take pride in what it took to get in these hard earned miles. That said, I find myself falling into this mental trap more times than I’d like to admit. I finish up a glorious fall, 4 mile, quick paced run and save it on Strava, then take a look to see what others are up to on this perfect morning, and see runs of 12 miles, 15 miles, whatever, done at a pace faster than my race pace. I should be thinking, it’s wonderful to see so many other, fit, healthy runners out there enjoying this day as I am, we are kindred spirits who get it, their run should not in diminish my effort in anyway but, dang, that ego.
You and your run are perfect,
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who is proud of every mile you put in, I get it, you get it. Amen.