Your Pace or Mine?

It’s hard not to get all caught up in the numbers.  How fast?  How far?  How many? How much?  We let the numbers rule our life.  We do live in a society where numbers and time play a crucial role. 


However, what a particular number means for one will most definitely mean something entirely different to another.  I see this all the time, one person unhappy with a time, or pace, that someone else would love to call their own.  Another who is running a race that’s “only a 5K” while someone standing beside them has trained for months on the C25K program and is terrified of the distance. 

Numbers are relative to the individual.

I encourage you, every once in awhile, to let go of the numbers.  Maybe even leave your watch at home.  Run “naked” (without technology) for the pure joy of it.  Maybe pace a friend to a new PR, or spend time chatting everyone up at a group run rather than just racing ahead to nail a tempo or training run.  I think you’ll find that spending a little time unplugged, running for the fun of it, or possibly helping out a friend will be just as rewarding as nailing your own run/race.

There is a time and pace for everyone.    We may differ in our abilities but the smile we have when we accomplish a new goal or cross the finish line is the same.  We are runners.  Run united, if only for a little bit cuz sometimes, pace really doesn’t matter.

** Don’t Let the Numbers Ruin YOUR Day  ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

10 thoughts on “Your Pace or Mine?

  1. Even though I am “plugged in,” I never pay attention to splits, pace, time as all I care about is just getting to the finish. All I know is when I hear the “ding,” it’s the halfway point and time to turn around and head back. I prefer to enjoy my surroundings and maybe stop and take a picture every once in a while instead of worrying about how slow I’m going.

  2. Ahh…TTF…you on a favorite subject of mine! You right on with the perspective…give up the pace….or as I prefer to call it…speed. Ever hear me say online or in person….”speed is relative?” You certainly understand it, but a lot don’t….just look at their finish times and how fast others are finishing ahead of them….but failing to recognize they may be running at near or same “intensity” (with respect to maximum HR)…and those that are far faster in time…simply more “efficient” and simply have better genetics….youth….light in mass….better form and gait….on and on! And any true runner….even elite (if they are true runner)….will understand that and never…ever….think less of another runner…woman or man….that finish behind them. In fact…they will say nothing but to encourage you to keep going and when you finish…awesome job! Haven’t see world elites waiting around to do so and none of us mortals are ever close enough to experience it. But somehow….I suspect if we were able to hang or keep close and finish with that pack….they might have some nice things to say. Still waiting for a world elite marathoner to hang at that finish line and greet all the runners that follow. They might have to pay for that service…but if I were a marathon director….I would make sure it happened!

  3. I’ve paced a friend to a PR and also paced another friend to a first half marathon finish … both were awesome experiences! It’s fun to share something like that with someone you care about!

  4. I agree 100%! I love running with friends no matter what their pace! That’s what I keep trying to tell people when I say “I’ll run with ya!” … and they tell me “No, I’m not that fast and I don’t want to slow you down!” It’s like I have to beg them! And then I just feel like they don’t want to run with me! lol

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