If I showed up to practice every day, focusing only on how the other girls could kick my butt up and down the track, I would never have made it as far as I did. It would have been detrimental to my running career if I focused on how they were all amazing runners, and I was at the back of our pack. Instead, I gave it my all every single day. Every day I was up before the sun, completing the same workouts as the rest of the team. We all had the same strength workouts, easy runs, and fun runs.
My favorite group of running ladies!
I really have to credit my tough mental attitude to running with people who were much faster than I was back in college. My teammates taught me more about myself than I had ever realized. That college experience prepped me to continue to run for years to come – to deal with the lots of highs and plenty of lows as well.
My last 5k I PR'd in - my face says it all!
So what is it that I am really getting at… don’t compare yourself to anyone else when you are running (or any other time for that matter). You run a certain pace because you run that pace. Not because you are slow, fast, more, or less talented than everyone else. You are the way you are. Embrace it! Compete against yourself. Push yourself in your next race. Don’t worry about beating the friend you run with occasionally, or the person you see at every race. Work hard for you, and everything else will fall into place.
Do you catch yourself comparing your running talent to others? Does it help or hurt your running? I would love your input