We are runners. We run different distances and different ways. We all have different reasons to run. We want a personal best, we want to destress, we want to lose weight, we want the social aspect of running. The list goes on but what keeps you running? What are you running for? What sets your soul on fire?
In this day and age running is very different because of social media and technology. Everything is about pace and distance and splits. Everything you could want to analyze from your run is at your fingertips. That is why It is more important these days that you remind yourself why YOU run. Not why somebody else runs, why do you? What gets you out of bed each morning? What motivates you to lace up your sneakers? Remind yourself what your goals are and stay within yourself. These days It is easier than ever to fall into the comparison trap, To analyze someone else’s life or running success by their Instagram feed.
However, I am not against social media, but remind yourself that we all have different things that motivate us, different goals and different ways of getting there. It also isn’t just social media, it’s all the data too. I work in an area where data is really important so I love that people are obsessed with it in regards to running but are we going too far? When was the last time you ran just to run? As in you laced up your shoes, picked your favorite route and maybe your favorite buddy and just went. Just ran. Nothing dictated your pace except how you felt. You can’t watch the seconds tick by or your pace change, you just run to feel alive. You run to feel the breeze and fresh air or you run to get to your favorite park. We all need to do that more often. Just run. A missed split shouldn’t ruin a whole run, you ran and that’s awesome! Although, I am guilty of this as well.
Social media can also be a very encouraging place. I find that everyone is so supportive and kind. They want to see you succeed. Everyone inspires each other. Yes you can easily fall into a comparison trap but I believe it’s up to you to get out of that one. You have to stay true to your goals and your path and not all of a sudden want someone else’s. It’s tough but no one ever said life was easy. Goals are hard, life is hard. It took me two years to get to Boston. Two years of hard work. Two years of ups and downs, failures and successes, but I wouldn’t trade my journey for anyone else’s. it’s mine and I learned a hell of a lot along the way.
So here’s to staying true to you, running with the wind, and reminding yourself why you fell in love with running from the beginning! With all three I don’t think anything can stop you!