Do you remember when you did your first race? You may have worked your way up starting with a 5k, then a 10k, a half, and then a full. Or maybe you decided to start out big with completing a half or a full from the beginning. Either way, a race is an accomplishment in itself.
Throughout the years many races have added challenges with additional distances throughout the weekend. Since this has become very popular, I feel like we have downgraded our accomplishments. Take for instance the Goofy or the Dopey challenge at Disney. If you are not taking a part in a challenge, it is so common for someone to say, “ I am running JUST the marathon”. Since when does the word “just” come in front of the word marathon?
I feel like this saying can also carry over to our training runs as well. My running buddy is currently training for a marathon so he has been running A LOT! I try to run with him as much as my schedule allows, but lately it hasn’t been working. He come back from his run while I am heading out to work so I ask him how his run was and how far he went. He continues to say good and that he only ran “just 6 or just 8”. The following week he upped his mileage and said he “just” did 12. I thought to myself, well you are in double digits now so that would be a good run in my book and I would be happy about that. The week after that I ask him again, he says “just” 14. Ok I had enough! I had to say something. So I ask him, how long does a run need to be for you not to use the word “just” in front of it? He laughed and said well probably a marathon. So the next week I ask him how far he ran. He asked "Do you really want to know?" Yes, I said. He responded, “I did 20 miles!” I looked at him, and said well it’s about time! -L
Do you feel like your trainer runs are unworthy of an accomplishment? Or is it “just” about the bling to show proof of your accomplishments at races?