Pace is like age, it’s just a number

After writing yesterday’s post, I couldn’t wait to go for a run.  The sun came out and all of my electronics were charged so I took it as a sign I should hit up the trail.  Turns out it was a brilliant idea.  Well, when is it not, right?

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Because I have no fashion sense and don’t really care to, I wore a white skirt before Memorial Day.  Rebel, I am.

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My mug was cut off for your protection.  You are welcome.

Because I have deep thoughts while running {not} I started thinking about how easy it can be to get caught in the pace comparison trap. 

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Our only competition should be with ourselves, which I know is easier said than done sometimes.  That’s another reason why I love running so much.  It’s not a team sport, we run on our terms, push ourselves as little or much as we want.  We get out what we put in.

A 12 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile.

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How much have you improved since you first took up running?  How many times did you break your PR’s?  How much further can you run now?  What did you accomplish that you never thought you could or would?

That’s your competition.


Random homework:

Go buy these confetti cupcake pop tarts.  The box claims they are cholesterol free, a good source of calcium and a good source of 4 B vitamins so that totally makes them healthy.

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I don’t recommend you pick up the Suja blue dream.  It was honestly the worst thing I have ever tasted.  In the history of ever.  Days later, I am still traumatized by it.  The 24 Karat is SCB approved just in case you are wondering.  And yes, I pretty much live in my new Hollister hoodie.  I have no shame.

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Pro Compression’s sock of the month was released today.  It just screams spring is on it’s way don’t ya think?  Use coupon code SPRING for 40% off.


They are also coming out with new products this spring.  More info about the cool gear can be found here.

What is your best advice for runners?

Brag!  What have you accomplished since you started running?  PR’s, distance, everything.  I want to hear all about it!


17 Comments on “Pace is like age, it’s just a number

  1. I LOVED seeing that photo in IG last night (12 minute mile is just as far as a 6 minute mile)!!! I’m an average runner. But it took me a while to admit that I AM a runner. I kept thinking that to be a runner, you have to be able to chase Ryan Hall and be within an arms distance. I used to not be able to run >3 miles (bad back injury). I changed the way I run and now one of my favorite things to do is train for half marathons (I’ve done 3)! My goal is to get faster, but for me.

  2. I consider myself to be a slow runner because I compare myself to friends who also run. I think I’m doing awesome if I’m running 10:30/mile. I’ll never run a half in an hour but I’m ok with that. I run for me and as long as I’m still running, I’m doing great.

  3. haha thanks for the warning about Blue Dream! I loved that photo when I saw it last night!! AH, so good. Anyways, for me running a half marathon was a big deal – I grew up running track so anything longer than 800m was insane. When I ran my first half, I literally got choked up during the race because it was so emotional for me to be a part of something that big and to accomplish all that I had.

  4. I am seriously so excited about ProCompression’s leggings! I have a feeling that I will be living in them 24/7 when they come out! The ingredients in the blue juice look so good, I’m surprised it didn’t taste good. haha

  5. Last year I PR’d by breaking 45 minutes in a 10k. That was a big goal of mine and I did it! Now I am working towards getting back to that.

    PRO compression leggings!? That’s exciting! When I submitted my ambassador application that was my suggested for a product they should come out with so I look forward to trying them out!!

  6. My best advice for runners is find what works for YOU. Some people can run high miles, some cant. Some can run many days in a row, some need time off between runs. Focus on what works for you to make you the best runner you can be and not what works for others.

  7. I got that email with the spring Pro Compression socks this morning. NEED THEM!!!!!!!! and the leggings too.

    As for advice……..stick with it….it gets easier each day 🙂

  8. I loved this post! It’s so easy to compare, compare, compare… but there’s always somebody faster, better, whatever, and you’re right — we can’t dwell on that.

    I want those socks. I want to try Pro Compression, but I don’t want to cough up the money until I know for sure they’re worth it. You’d think I could win one of the 47,000 giveaways I’ve entered, but not so far. 🙂

  9. Along with not comparing yourself to others, I would also say don’t take yourself to seriously. If you start to hate it, then you need to lighten up.

  10. I love this post! I have yet to post any times because I don’t think others should compare. I’m amazed at how fast *for me* I run now and feel very accomplished because I could barely run for a minute a year ago (a couple months postpartum). I’m really proud of how far I’ve come and think everyone should be proud of what they’ve achieved. There will always be way faster runners than me and much slower ones, but the point is we’re all getting out there and running!

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  12. The Levi’s stadium app was developed by Venue – Next, a company seeking to capitalize on growing interest by sports teams in cultivating mobile fan engagement.

    To answer the question, let’s take a more in depth look at the evolution of marketing and PR.
    As the Internet of Things has evolved, consumers have been slow to embrace the term itself.

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