Hey there! So I thought we’d start a little series that I would like to call ‘Real Talk Tuesdays’. Well, for me every day is a real talk kind of day, since this is my little space to rant and talk about training and such. But I always have a few thoughts rolling around in my head that I’d like to share with the blogosphere. So here it goes.
I’ve seen this term come up a few times on social media and it’s just kind of my favorite saying in general. Frankly it is how I like to live my life, and how I prefer to run and train for races. Stay in your own lane.
But what does that mean, really? I think runners are always pretty hard and critical of themselves. I say this because I was once that overly critical and self judgmental person when it came to my own training. I would constantly compare myself – my pace, my weekly mileage etc. to other people’s. Nothing was ever good enough. Every time I DID NOT set a personal record in whatever racing distance, it would JACK with me emotionally. Really, my entire well being was linked to running. This, in my opinion, is not how someone should live their life.
Running is supposed to bring you joy, it is supposed to enhance the amazing life you already have. When I run nowadays, I compare it to like being a child. I go PLAY, and I enjoy my playtime. Some days, I run fast. I do speedwork, strides or what have you. I push my body. Some days I run for hours and hours on end. Because it FEELS GOOD to me – to work hard. Even if sometimes I have a bad run. It is not the end of the world. I don’t log on to social media and complain about it. I chalk it up to exactly what it is, a bad run. Tomorrow’s run will be better.
And as far as the social media world goes, I STAY in my own lane. Meaning, I train my ass off and I keep my head down and try not to compare myself to other runners. When I see that others are successful, I am proud of them and their accomplishments. When I see my fellow run buddies are down or hurting – I do whatever I can do lift them up. Because I see myself in a lot of these people. I’ve been injured. I know how shitty it feels to not be running. It can truly take a toll on you. But sometimes all you need is that encouragement, that things will get better. The storm doesn’t stick around forever. It will pass, you will be healthy and you will run again. Believe it.
But really, I love running for ME. I love staying in my own lane. Doing me, enjoying running – and remembering why I started this journey in the first place. Running has brought joy, blessings, wonderful friendships – and has healed me in more ways than one. And the races, the medals, the amazing ultra WINS – those are just the icing on the cake.
Stay in your lane. In the end you’ll be glad you did.
Thank you, Kanye.
How’s your training going? Do you tend to play the comparison game when it comes to your running or do you stay in your own lane?