A slightly different kind of #transformationtuesday...
And a reminder that this running thing isn't a perfectly linear journey, and that's okay. Above, we have my first timed adult 5K in 2015 (I'd done a few fun runs before), my 5K PR in February, and my 5K from last weekend. I'd just done my first Ironman a month or so before that first 5K so there was definitely some solid fitness to set that benchmark. It took nearly two years and hundreds of hours of training to chip away at those paces and get to that 19:10 5K. And yet just a few months later, I'm seemingly back at square one (although I know/hope it won't take so long to get the speed back again). This could be -- and at times, is -- extremely frustrating to compare the runner I was just earlier this year to the one I am right now.
But guess what? We've all heard the phrase, "Comparison is the thief of joy," right? We do ourselves a disservice when we compare ourselves to others -- *including* past versions of ourselves! It's good to acknowledge what we've done before in the sense that we know we can do it again. But we shouldn't let that comparison rob us of the joy that can be found in our current situation. This is especially true for runners, since we'll all have to take some downtime and "start over" to some extent at least once along the way. Best to be happy that we're running in the first place! 🙌
And as cheesy as it sounds, even though the numbers were vastly different on Friday than they were in February, there was one common denominator: I gave those 3.1 miles my all. And that's the part that matters most! So actually, no matter what the watch says, I've been the same runner every step of the way. 😊