When I Wanted to Give Up Running

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.


2 thoughts on “When I Wanted to Give Up Running

  1. Viki Dobbs says:

    Thanks Ginny. Yesterday was a day in which many people were affected by a post we read. It is sometimes hard not to compare yourselves to others. The fact is, as you say, it is an individual’s race at their own pace. We should run for ourselves, for the feeling we get after we’ve finished and the accomplishment felt completing a run. Keep on running, you’re doing great! 🙂

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  2. Thanks, Viki. I love our FB group and I really think we made a difference yesterday. The fact of the matter is that I am running so much better now and am enjoying it more. I just had to get out of the funk I was in and start doing it for me.


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