As I’ve started to become more interested in reading others’ fitness and running blogs, one thing remains quite clear to me: the vast majority of women blogging about running are a heck of a lot faster than my friends and me. I’m definitely what I consider a causal runner and it has been so inspiring to read all these blogs where these awesome female runners at busting out 8 minute miles for 10 miles or more. The only time in my adult life I’ve ran an 8 minute mile is after a boot camp I took with a couple of girlfriends a few years back and we were only running one mile! Sometimes, though, I have to admit, I’ll be reading someone’s blog and they’ll mention that their PR for a 1/2 marathon is something crazy (to me, at least) like 1:45. It makes me think that I should ramp up my training and really shoot for some faster times. Then I stop and remember that faster does NOT equal better. And while I can absolutely devote time and energy to becoming a better runner, I shouldn’t make that decision because I’m envious of others’ times on their “Races” pages. Sometimes it’s hard to remember that my running is about me and not about anyone else.
Have you ever been tempted to run someone else’s race?