I immediately told myself to stop. That is not what I want this year!!! Don't get me wrong, I plan to try to go for some PRs this year. I love to see progress, and I hope to see some this year. And I plan to 'race' some races. But I plan to enjoy this year of running and not get caught up in comparisons (to myself) or others. I don't want to get so fixated on race times that I lose the joy of running.
I am still injured. I am better, and I am getting stronger. I know now that I'm working with a trainer (When It's Time For Professional Help) that I will continue to improve. But I also know that if I allow myself especially at this point to get fixated on time - distance - past performance - that I will only get discouraged or worse - re-injured.
In fact, I almost bailed on this race because I know that my time will be no where near last year. How silly is that! I almost let comparison steal my joy!
So as I approach my first race of the season, I am approaching it in a different way than I have in the past.
I'm looking forward to the experience of running a race - simply to run.
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