About a year ago I was in a frame of mind and was so depressed when I’d do the 5ks and not being able to get my time under a certain time. I was ready to give it up. Then, I saw this quote, and that is when I pinpointed the problem–comparing myself to others.
How did I combat this? I began using the mantra “My race at my pace.” I also began focusing on my form, foot strike, giving myself a weekly goal, and telling myself, “Distance, not speed or time.” Once I changed things around I began enjoying running more. I know my limitation is probably no longer than a 10k. That’s my goal for this year and I don’t care how long it takes me to complete it…it’s about the distance. I run for the joy of running. I have a Garmin GPS and a Vivofit. Some days I wear either one of them and other days, none at all.
I’m so glad that I didn’t give in to my negative feelings. Running has become my outlet to combat negative feelings, and I feel so good about myself after I return from one.