If You Run Slow, Who Cares?
Posted on 16-05-2013 | Posted by Liya Jacob
Here’s a secret about running. The feeling you get after new personal record, the satisfaction from a tough workout well done, and the disappointment from a bad performance all feel the same no matter how fast you are. That’s the beauty of the sport.
There is no difference between the runner who breaks 30 minutes for the 5k for the first time and the one that breaks 16 minutes. Both worked hard, sacrificed to achieve their goal, and experienced the same challenges.
That means all runners can relate to each other, no matter their speed.
Runners are perhaps the most welcoming and friendly group of athletes I’ve ever met. No runner has a problem slowing down to run with a friend. Think about it. Would you enjoy a run with a friend, even if you had to slow down considerably for them to keep up? I bet you would, and your running group feels the same.
If you happen to look at some of the statistics and insights from runners who are “fast”, you realize speed is merely a state of mind. Once you can re-frame your thoughts on your speed and potential, you open yourself up for great things to happen with your training and racing.
The next time you want to join a running club, ask a question to a fellow runner, or want to sign up for a race but get nervous about “being slow,” ask yourself this: “Does it really matter?”