if you follow me on Twitter, but I did a long run yesterday and MAN.AM.I.PROUD.
This whole endeavor has been an experience in trying to shed my Im NOT a runner! mentality & yesterday was no different.
Life conspired against me and, as a result, I was treadmill-relegated for my ten miler.
(I wont lie to you, People, this is my longest run. I may not be the smartest half-marathon trainer but Im the half-runner who didnt let recent life events entirely derail her which counts for something!)
Treadmill-relegated *and* needed to be at the gym at 5a (on a Saturday!) in order to get the run done and not have it intrude on my family-day.
I did it.
And Im woman enough to say Im so flipping proud of myself.
For me this was a huge huge step forward. Not so much in the realm of fitness but in the arena of mental fortitude (which is where this misfit can, some days, be sorely lacking).
I longed to get off the treadmill.
I even had ready-made excuses to get off (please to see need-to-pee & cross reference under itouch-flying-across-gym) but I didnt.
It doesnt matter if for others a 10 mile run is a drop in their daily running bucket—-for me this is a tremendous accomplishment & Im thisclose to tearing a rotatorcuff as I pat myself on the back.
Recently Ive been asked quite frequently for tips on how not to compare oneself to others.
For suggestions on how not to examine one’s accomplishments, feel GREAT, then read a blog entry where the writer has done precisely what youve done and THEN SOME & let your accomplishments lose their luster.
My tip? Celebrate you. Your accomplishments. Make your barometer/goal to be better than YOU WERE last time.
Celebrate other people’s successes *with them* but remember that we all carve out our unique path in fitness and in life.
Some of us may take longer to run down that path (*raises hand*) but the important thing is we choose, daily, to stay on/or climb on the healthy-living path.