Week of March 25, 2012:
Thursday: Short run, 20 min. (a small victory over inertia, but victory nonetheless)
Friday: Off (so…tired…)
Saturday: Grocery shopping on two wheels
Week of April 1, 2012 (no foolin’!):
Sunday: “Long” run (20 min. run, 10 min. walk break, 10 min. run)
I finally bought myself a new running watch! It only took me, uh, six months. Embarrassing, I know. As much as I believe it was fine to run with my kitchen timer, it is really nice to have my timer strapped to my wrist now—the fewer things I have to carry while running, the better! And I like my new watch. It’s got snazzy colors and it beeps pleasantly whenever I start or stop it.
Do you guys subscribe to Runner’s World? I do not, but I did pick up a copy at the grocery store. There’s an article this month on a woman, Erin Henderson, with twelve (12!) children who runs marathons. Nine of her children are adopted from countries outside the United States. That fact alone makes me ask myself, What more can I do to help others? But back to her running: Erin runs 75 miles a week and has a marathon PR of 3:27:14. I’m just in awe. During my good running weeks, I run three days a week and log about 10-12 miles total. (I also bike quite a few miles each week, but I’m not trying to quibble…)
Erin’s example makes me wonder if I could do more and if I should do more. I don’t know. I’m not a big fan of comparing myself to others because it’s a loser’s game, but still: 12 kids, 75 miles a week, and sub-four-hour marathons. It’s pretty incredible. And maybe with her example in mind, I can up my game, just a notch or two.
What about you? How do you handle the only-too-human impulse to compare yourself to others and their accomplishments? How do you buck yourself up when you are feeling inadequate?