I hope none of you take this personally. We (including me) have all been guilty of saying some of the statements below when talking to other runners whom we know finish races at faster times than we do:
- “I’m slow.”
- “You can run ahead. I’ll catch up.”
- “I need to start earlier because I’ll finish later than everyone else.”
- “I just want to be faster.”
- “Why am I so slow? Do I need a coach?”
- “I can’t run a marathon. It’ll take me forever.”
- “I have no one to run with because I am too slow.”
- “Will I ever get faster?”
- “I am getting older so I guess I will get slower.”
- “My PR days are over.”
- “I guess I need to do some speed drills.”
- “I wonder if there’ll be any food left when I’m done?”
- “I’m too slow to be in this running group.”
- “I hope I’m not DFL in this race.”
My Topic for today is: Five Reasons Not to Label Ourselves According to Our Speediness
- We are comparing ourselves to others.
How do we know whether or not we are slow? When we say that we are slow, we must be comparing ourselves to someone who is faster.
We all know that comparing ourselves to others, while natural, is unhealthy.
2. It makes it harder to find a running buddy.
When we say “I’m slow” to a faster runner, we’re are putting the faster runner in an awkward position. Do they decline our offer to run together? Do they just run slower? Or do they push us to run faster?
Yes, I know if two runners run at different speeds, the run may not be ideal. But an easy run for one runner may be ideal as a training run for another.
3. We are giving ourselves an excuse for our performance.
Are we satisfied with less because “we are slow?” Do we start in the back because we think we will be in the way of the faster runners? Do we not sign up for a certain race because the faster runners usually are there?
Our speed should not stand in the way of what we want to or are capable of doing.
4. We set ourselves up for failure.
Countless studies have proven that thinking negatively can inhibit your performance. No matter what our speed is, lack of confidence is going to affect our running.
Positive thoughts can help any runner. I bet that a PR for a 12 min/mi runner feels just as great as for a 7 min/mi runner.
5. No one cares if we are slow!
The bottom line is this:
No matter how fast we run, someone will always run faster than us and someone will always run slower than us. Fast or slow, we’re all still runners together.
We need to focus on what we have in common rather than that we run at different speeds. We need to stop saying that we are “slow.”
(And sorry if I have offended anyone… I just needed to vent.)
That being said… here are some inspiring posts:
- Dear Slow Runners
- If You Run Slow, Who Cares?
- It’s All Good
- What to say to a slow runner…
- Slow Runners are Still Runners…
- Some Runners Will Never Be Fast…
- Do You Think You Run Slow?…
Happy Running! Anyone agree with me or disagree??