That means since my first Parkrun in May I've shaved over two and a half minutes off my 5k time, so I'm definitely getting better, although I'm still a fair way off my sub 25 minute goal. This is how my Saturday morning looked this week:
|It's getting better, man...|
Sweatshop Running Community
I was really nervous the first time I went along, I worried that everyone would laugh at me for being so slow compared to everyone else, but everyone was really friendly and welcoming, and at no point was anyone judgemental or smug about being better or faster than anyone else.
Running with a group is lots of fun and it's great to share experiences and training tips with like-minded people. There's only so many people I can bore in the office or on Facebook with my tales of speedy 5ks and questions about foam rollers and new trainers.
|Hove Park Magic Mile|
Run your own race
So, boys and girls, today's moral of the story is: Look after yourself and worry about your own training rather than keep comparing yourself to others. There will always be people lapping you. Unless your name's Usain Bolt, of course, in which case, fair play to you.
What's that really cheesy saying? You're only competition is yourself? Never a truer word spoken, I reckon.
What are your training goals at the moment? Are you trying to run faster like me, or going for distance? Have you done a Magic Mile yet?