Running is all about perspective. What’s fast to me is slow to others. What’s slow to me is fast to others. There is a whole spectrum of runners with different natural abilities, experience, etc., so it’s important to never compare yourself to others.
With that said, I Googled “bad marathon recovery” yesterday and came across a post in which a lady wrote, “I’m a slow female runner –about a 18:xx 5k.” I wanted to virtually punch that lady in the face. Slow?? On what planet is that considered slow? I was happy to see that people commented and told her she’s an idiot. (That’s a bit harsh, but how can you be that delusional?).
For whatever reason I decided to look through some old blog posts and came across one from last March when I was training for my first marathon. I marked that I had done a tempo run, with 1 mile warm up, 5 miles at 9:20 and 1 mile at 10.
I laughed a little to myself and realized how much I’ve grown as a runner. I would never consider a 9:20 pace a tempo run anymore. In fact, that’s slower than my marathon pace. But at one time 9:20 was a tempo pace.
Reading this made me feel better about this recovery and my upcoming training cycle. Even though I’m not currently where I want to be, I’ve come a long way in the last year.
I’m running my first trail race tomorrow morning — the Cougar Mountain 8 mile. I love running on trails and don’t get to very often, so I’m excited to run 8 dirty miles tomorrow!