I try to write about things that are relevant to me at the time and this is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past and also something I often see around me.
I think in general, a lot of women compare themselves to others around them. It’s something we grow up doing, maybe without even realizing it. It goes without saying that this isn’t a healthy habit, and of course this is something that can easily get carried over into our running and/or training.
I’ve done it myself, especially since a lot of my friends are faster than me. I have feelings of doubt and wonder if I will ever get faster, it seems like I’ve been running the same pace for so long. Seeing everyone around me make progress is hard sometimes, but I always pull out of that funk and remind myself that I am happy to be able to run at all.
Running is such a personal and individualized sport, so obviously it’s very different for each person. Sure, there are many commonalities you may share with someone, but our bodies all vary and what one person can or can’t do has no relation to what yours can do. It’s easy to get wrapped up in comparing yourself, but if you let it get to you, it could actually lead to injury; physically and mentally.
Don’t compare your running or training to someones else’s, it’s as simple as that. We are surrounded by social media, so sometimes this can be hard. Seeing someone run 18 miles one week, while you’re at 13 miles and training for the same marathon can be disheartening. But, don’t let it be! Everyone is going to be at different points and marathon training is such a tricky thing, no two plans should ever be the same, just like two people will never be.
First of all, training plans are never set in stone and are forever changing due to life circumstances. Focus on yourself. My mantra has always been “run your own race” and I think this idea can translate into all aspects of our lives. Do your own thing, focus on what you can do and appreciate your ability to run.
Comparing yourself to someone else is like comparing apples to oranges; the two are just not the same! It’s okay to use others as motivation and inspiration, but remember to listen to your body and be happy with your own progress. Comparing yourself is a waste of time and energy, it’s not going to help you with your journey.
Have you ever compared yourself to those around you, in running or other aspects of life? Is this detrimental to your performance or general well-being? What have you done about this? Please share in the comment section below.