Social media can be such a tricky thing. I've talked about how I'm becoming a "student" of running, which means reading about running and listening to podcasts. This also means that I've been reading more blogs, following more accounts on Instagram, and basically trying to take in as much information as I can. As most other runners can probably agree (and I'm guessing this can happen in any kind of sport or hobby), this can get dangerous and you can enter the comparison trap.
In some ways this is a good thing. I see other people crushing their workouts and breaking barriers, and all of a sudden I'm feeling really motivated and want to share my successes as well. Someone talks about having a crappy day with a million things going wrong in their life, and all of a sudden my so-so day doesn't seem like a good excuse to skip a run and I get it done. I've found new workouts to try, techniques to improve my form, fueling tips, and get encouragement every day! That's really why I started a blog- to get outward motivation to reach my goals.
On the other hand, it can be dangerous. I see other people running twice the mileage I'm doing while they train for similar goals at similar races, and I think I'm not doing enough. I start to doubt my training and my abilities to reach the goals I have. Why aren't I running more mileage? Why don't I run the same paces as them? Why do I suck while they're beasting it out??
Sometimes it takes a little venting and whine (and sometimes wine) session for me to get over myself. Another thing that social media gifted me is an amazing support system of incredible people who are willing to listen to my freak outs and tell me everything will be alright. They remind me that every runner is different, and race times aren't always determined by who has the best training. There are other aspects to go into achieving goals- believing in yourself, doing things the right way, and getting to the finish line healthy.
While I'm not going to be qualifying for the Olympics any time soon, or even reaching my long term goal of getting a BQ this year, I need to remind myself that I'm on the right path. I don't need my training to look like any other runners'. I can use them as inspiration to work harder, but not compare myself to them. To sum it all up- Do you boo boo, cuz Imma do me.
Does anyone have a problem with comparison? How do you deal with it?
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