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. 

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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 **

The Joy of Running…..

As I read thru the comments on yesterday’s post, I see a common theme.  We all run because it makes us happy.  Why does it make us happy?  For one fraction of the day, it’s just us and our thoughts.  It gives us a sense of accomplishment.  It allows us to feel as if we are doing something selfish, just for us.  It gives us a little peace in a world filled with chaos.  We run for the pure joy of running.

Here are a few reasons why others run:

  • Judy F –  So hard to pick one thing….friends, stress relief, nature, physical shape……..THE WAY I FEEL WHILE RUNNING AND WHEN YOUR DONE!!!
  • Amy –  …it makes me feel like an athlete. I’m not very athletic and my hand-eye coordination is a bit shady so as a youngster I sat on the sidelines. I love that I am not a participant!
  • Julie B – I love the fact that I am doing something I never I thought was within my grasp.
  • Michelle – My favorite thing about running is the quiet time I have to myself.
  • Running Hutch – I love to run because it’s a challenge I can control. It’s never come easy to me but I only have myself to overcome to get better.
  • Lucy S –  My favorite thing about running is that when I’m running I feel most like myself. I’m in my element and I’m doing it only to please me!
  • Phyllis –  My favorite thing about running is that it has given my years back. Literally added years to my life!
  • Jennifer E – My favorite thing about running is that it’s all about me. I’m not the mom, not the wife, not the nanny…just me.
  • Elizabeth S – It gives me lots of time for prayer!
  • Julie M – Adrenaline high!
  • Marel P – The absolute JOY it brings… especially when you go long & strong.

I have thoroughly enjoy each and every comment left as to why YOU enjoy running!  Thanks for sharing. 

As for me, the reasons I run are multifaceted.  Bottom line is that I just really love running.  It makes me feel good when so many things in life may be sad or overwhelming.  Its a bit of time for me to just be happy without anyone trying to steal my joy. 

Now go, log some miles!   Maybe you’ll destress along the way, maybe you’ll meet a new run friend, or maybe you’ll just soak in the silence like me.

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** amanda@tootallfritz.com