Today I wasn't going to run since I ran yesterday but I decided to do a little twenty minute run anyway. It felt really great. I did it on the treadmill and pushed myself to run most of it between 5.0 - 6.0 - I've come a long way from a month ago (and thus part of the reason I love MAP MY RUN - you really get to track your progress) A month ago my average runs was around 4.0 on long run days I was around 3.8. Now I'm averaging over 4.5 and upwards to 5.2.
Still slowish in comparison, the crappy mean voice in my head tries to tell me.
You know how I love me some Biggest Loser - right? One of the contestants, Michael, the biggest competitor to ever be on the show by topping the scales at over 500 pounds had a melt down in the middle of this episode.
But he must know the mean person who lives in my head because she got to him too this week.
He was angry, sad, distraught that even after 192 pound weight loss he was still needing to shop in the "Big and Tall" for his makeover. He was frustrated that he is still over 300 pounds and more than a hundred pounds from his goal. He was so upset that it almost caused him to stop running five inches from the finish line. And oh my God how I could relate.
I struggle to not compare myself. Running 4.5 isn't good enough because "so and so" can run it at 5.0. Or even my post yesterday - so what that you ran 2.5 miles straight, you should've done 4! Or yeah, I'm in a size 12 (the occasional 10 now) but 'she' just had a baby and she's still thinner! Or so on and so on. It's my nature to never be good enough. Even with my 1/2 marathon victory, the voice nags... "you shouldn't have walked so much! Girls who were heavier than you were running right by you! You could've done better." Don't get me wrong, I am proud of my accomplishment but still fight the fight of the negative.
So anyway, back to Biggest Loser and Michael. Bob the trainer told him that, "It's all relevant. It's not about anybody else but you. Do not lose focus, do not look sideways."
And he's right. Wise words, Bob. Easier said than done but I'm going to try to remember not to look sideways too much.