Yesterday I noticed a reminiscence on Fb of a put up I shared after a brand new Marathon PR. All I posted was this image of my watch displaying a time of three:55 and the brief caption – NEW MARATHON PR!!
On the time I used to be running a blog on a regular basis (generally greater than as soon as a day) all about half & full marathon coaching, weight loss program, races and life. So, most individuals realized on a regular basis, effort, tears and miles I put in to get there. And in the event you didn’t notice – my recaps linked again to earlier posts that helped clarify the story.
Now an enormous a part of our group spends extra time on Instagram. As a substitute of studying 20 blogs you might be following 200 runners. And probably the most eye catching images get pushed to the highest of your feed – so it’s exhausting to recollect everybody’s journey that acquired them to that image.
I can’t hyperlink again to coaching runs or race recaps that present the highs and lows of working in the direction of a purpose. The captions are shorter and should be humorous for folks to cease scrolling and browse (that is referred to as microblogging).
I LOVE Instagram and suppose there are such a lot of nice issues about it – particularly for the operating group (um… follow me @RunEatRepeat)! We’re capable of join with different runners coaching for a similar race or with comparable targets all around the globe. It helps with accountability and motivation – two issues which are key to operating higher, stronger and sooner!
However, the issues that make IG nice (like attractive, enjoyable or dramatic progress images) preserve us from seeing all of the issues that go into coaching for a half marathon or full marathon PR. Sure, you possibly can share post-race coaching pics, blisters, set-backs – however these classes are sometimes overshadowed by the victory images.
I don’t suppose there’s something unsuitable with that. I like a ‘bullet factors’ model of every part. Simply give me the info or the very best components!
I’m simply sharing this as a result of that photograph with my new PR was a BIG WIN for me on the time. However, I would like you to know that earlier than that win I failed. I tried to run a sub-4 hour full marathon twice and FAILED earlier than I lastly (and barely) hit that purpose.
I didn’t go from sofa to sub-4 hour marathon runner.
It wasn’t straightforward. My Earlier than and After images didn’t occur in a single day or in 30 days or over the course of 1 coaching cycle.
I actually doubted myself after failing. Working is tough. Working for a time purpose is more durable. And doing that once you suppose you’re SLOW, FAT or CAN’T – is hardest. It’s important to keep constructive and consider in your self. Ensure the stuff you’re considering, watching, listening that can assist you.
Don’t examine your self to anybody. You don’t know anybody’s whole journey, ideas, motivation and mindset – besides your personal.
Set your targets based mostly on YOU. What do YOU need? What’s necessary to YOU? The place’s YOUR present health?
Comply with different runners. Cheer for different runners. However cheer for your self the loudest.
You’ll be able to learn the race recaps for the races I discussed right here: