I love Social Media. I have met friends because of my blog. I have found products that I love to use and represent because of Social Media. I have a job that I love going to because of my blog.
The one thing that has always been a hard part of being a Running Blogger for me is comparing myself to others. When I am injured, I avoid DailyMile and Twitter because I hate seeing other people run. Taking a marathon season off is so hard when everyone around you is running a marathon, and your coach is telling you it is time to rest.
But, yesterday, I lost my envy when I saw the progress of a fellow blogger.
I have been behind on reading blogs the past few months because of school. I am still on Facebook and DailyMile so I have been watching people's training from afar. Yesterday, I read Jessica's (Pace of Me) blogpost and I wasn't jealous. I was SO happy for her. In March, she ran a 3:34 marathon and now she is set to run a possible sub-3:20 marathon in a few weeks. I have watched her training and have been so impressed with the miles she has been putting in. But, I have been in my own little triathlon world, that I didn't realize what her miles and paces could equate to. A sub-3:20 marathon. That would be amazing and Jessica is showing people, or at least me that hard work really does pay off.
Jessica's training has also forced me to take a look at my training. I finally started running more these past few weeks. I have noticed that my average pace has dropped significantly over the summer. Now, I didn't put the running miles in like many people did. I took a different route this summer and it paid off. My easy pace is now around 8-8:10. Just over a year ago, my easy pace was just below a 9 minute pace. Triathlon training has helped my running like I never imagined.
I know I don't have a 3:20 marathon in me, but my confidence is a bit higher for a few upcoming races. I am running the Tufts 10k on Monday and then the Runners World Half Marathon in two weeks. Ending the year with a few PR's would be pretty nice. My goal paces for these races is really scary to look at on paper, but I know I can do it.
I encourage you to take a step back from your training and see where you are today as compared to a year ago. You may not be as fast as your favorite blogger, but I bet you will surprise yourself. Be proud of how far you have come. I am so happy I took a step back because it has given me the confidence to push that much harder in my upcoming races.