Thursday, October 4, 2012

Running Motivation

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.


Laura @ Mommyrunfast said...

Beautiful post, Robin! I was so inspired by Jessica's post yesterday too... she has made such incredible progress! I am still building back carefully but have a ten mile race next weekend and am wondering how to pace for it. I think I'm capable of more than I think I am, but I also don't want to go out too fast and burn out. We'll see what happens!

Debbie @ Live from La Quinta said...

If you're easy pace is around 8-8:10, you should be able to run a 3:20 marathon. That was about where I was (years ago when I was a youngster :-)), and I ran a 3:16. It's just a matter of training.

Ana-Maria said...

I am convinced that you do have a 3:20 in you. And yes, HM training helps a ton with running, all those long bike rides build your aerobic engine. And so nice when envy turns into admiration. We are all different and we all have different goals, life styles, etc. I am so inspired bu athletes who choose goals and go for them, and you are one of those athletes:)

jobo said...

I love this and how you turned around a potential comparison trap into realizing how far you have come and in so many ways. You are incredible. You are FAST. You are STRONG. And I am glad that you have renewed confidence in yourself as you keep training!