Remember Top Gun? No, not the beach volleyball scene – which by the way, in Florida I don’t think many people play beach volleyball in their jeans……. Remember the phrase “I feel the need for speed”? Seems like I am always wishing I had some speed!
Yesterday I did a treadmill workout which went OK. I entered into daily mile “I am so slow”. I finished and was thinking “man, I wish I could be faster. ” OK, I am slower than I HAVE been and certainly slower than where I would like to be, but aren’t we all? I don’t know of anyone who runs – interval or straight who doesn’t want to get faster. Everyone wants to do a personal best or record (PR) during a race. Gives you the extra little smile at the end when you are your fastest.
Here’s the thing. Now I feel horrible for saying “I am so slow”. I am NOT slow, I mean my 12 minute mile puts me pretty much in the middle of the pack of most races
Slow is when I didn’t get my big behind off the couch to get out and exercise. Slow is being injured and not being able to get out there and do it.
I am blessed that I am able to walk and run…..and that I have gotten up to where I am. I certainly started out last year doing my C25K slower than I am now. That came with my consistently doing 3 runs a week…. and lets face it, I have not been good with lately.
Who cares how fast I am – really? Its not like I have a shot at winning a trophy or prize and that is fine by me. And look at me, my body doesn’t exactly scream – I AM AN ATHLETE! I look more like a couch potato who loves beer and fries. There is victory in that I am exercising and I still can’t believe in my lifetime I have completed 4 half marathons.
I think it was humbling last year when I was injured and did the Princess with ONLY the goal to finish. The last 5 miles I was in Plantar Faciitis pain too…..yet I finished…… in 3:29! Like the John Bingham The Penguin says, “The miracle isn’t that I finished, the miracle is that I had the courage to start” because honestly, I was ready to get swept or to quit if it got too painful – which was not an easy place to get to. Talk about emotions leading up to that race!
So for everyone who wants to get faster – including me, just get out there and do your best. As my dad told me, there is no failure when you give it your all…. because that is the best you can do and be happy with your achievements as there are always other who wish they were in your shoes – AND there are others you are inspiring simply by giving it your all.
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Julie F says
Sandra.. I have DEF gotten faster than when I started, keep it up you will get there!
Great post! U r right – any is better then none. Luckily I don’t worry about comparing my pace with others- But I still very much want to get faster!! AND btw – I wish I had ur 12min/mile! I am at 16 and desperately trying to get to 14! Keep going and keep enjoying!!