I don't know about you but as much as I love to read the stories of Runner's World and the advice, I often find myself feeling a little inadequate. First of all, look at those abs - I mean really? But, besides that I see the term "PR" on every flippin page. Each writer, contributor or interviewee is defined by their PR.
I haven't been a lifelong reader, so maybe there is more of a balance where PRs really aren't the identifiers they seem to be. I recently read an article about a man bemoaning his loss of speed as he ages and I wonder what we do this for. I understand the motivation of competition, especially with ourselves. But, I also know that I took up running for my mental and physical health. To be honest, would it make you crazy to know that I don't even know what my PR is for a 5K or 10K. I sort of remember my first half marathon last year, but I don't know it exactly.
Maybe I'm just a little bitter this week because I've had a bizarre two weeks where my 4 and 6 milers have been a full minute and 1/2 faster per mile than my 7 and 8 miler. It just seems a little weird. I think this time last year my 8 miler was definitely faster, my 4 milers slower, but also remember my 7 miler being an absolute disaster.
Will this body ever cease to amaze me? This week is a bit of a scale back week, so I'm going to try a new route and see if my Garmin is a little out of whack or if my body is. Regardless, though, what matters is that I don't give up and keep putting one foot in front of the other.
I did learn a great tip from Runner's World this week and have been incorporating blueberries, a natural anti-inflammatory, in my smoothies this week which seems to help. But, sometimes I do get a little intimidated, but then I remember why I am doing this and it doesn't really matter if my abs don't look like that :). Running keeps me sane and grounded and that's all that really matters - my personal journey or PJ - not my PR.
Have a great week out there pounding the pavement!
Adventuresses in healthy living.