Running, Training


I’ve been running for about 5 years now and one thing I’ve had to accept is that I’m sloooooooow.  I run 11-12 minute miles (10 on a really good day), and my half marathon PB is about 2 hours 20 minutes.   There are people who run marathons faster than that!

Even when I’ve trained hard, I don’t get much faster so I just have to accept – I’m slow!  It’s my pace, and it works for me.

The only time I struggle with my pace is when I’m out running and I hear footsteps behind me.  They get faster…and faster…and another runner zooms effortlessly past me, bouncing off into the distance as I eat their dust.

Lucky them!  I envy the effortless runners.  I just have to take it in my stride and keep plodding on.  The only person I’m really racing is me.  Although I did overtake someone once…and I admit I got a buzz out of it.


7 thoughts on “Overtaken….again

    • That’s so true, and I need to learn to focus on that. It’s so easy to compare yourself to other runners, especially at a race. I’m quite jealous of the runners who’ve finished and had a shower while I’m still out on the course 🙂

      • There’s something healthy about being jealous, if you remain motivated to continually push to be better. Since I’ve started, I look at the next 5 names who finished before me and the times they ran motivate me to figure out what I can do to beat them next time. Now, there’s far fewer agread of me, and in some races, not even 5. Set little goals like that and you’ll have no one to be jealous of because you’ll be owning it!

  1. Ha this is so me (when I run!) I am the tortoise, no matter what I do I am still slow. I look at other people and think how do they run so fast?!? But at the end of the day as slow as I am I know at least I turned up.

    • It’s nice to meet another tortoise 🙂 I’ve learnt not to push my way to the front at a race cos I only get depressed when runners stream past me like water round a rock.

      Love your blog – I’ve been doing weights for a few years but your challenge has given me food for thought about what I do next post-marathon. I didn’t realise there were so many competitions in the UK

  2. Me too – I am a member of an online training group called the WISH team. The shirts are printed…
    Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish – which greatly trumps Did Not Start. It’s my motto.

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