(I want to preface this by saying that the running community is amazing. They are supportive, positive, helpful, uplifting, and incredibly friendly.)
I started running before social media blew up. I often find myself extremely grateful that social media didn’t show up any sooner in my life than it actually did. I didn’t have a watch at the time that i started running, whenever I completed a run, I was just proud of myself for finishing! I had no clue if I was fast or slow, or even what fast or slow was and based my milage off how far something was in a car. (I now have a watch, but still) Goodness, if social media were around when I started running, I probably would have given up. Thankfully I didn't! One thing I strive for in my social media presence is relateability... I am just a normal gal who goes through ups & downs in her running journey. I don't run super speedy 5-7 min miles, I don't run 50-100 mile races, I just run.
After years of using social media and now being a social media-er, I have concluded that I have two internal voices: the rational, content, level-headed, calm one, and the fiery, irrational one. The fiery, irrational one is always the one to speak up first when I look at my Social feeds, "Why can't I run that fast? Why can’t I look like that? Why didn’t I get asked? Why doesn’t my stomach look like that?” After those initial outbursts of rage and jealousy, the level-headed one chimes in and pushes the crazy one off of the bridge.
Luckily, she always wins. She says:.....
You are not her (or him.)
Your strengths are not her strengths.
Your struggles are not her struggles.
What works for her might not work for you.
Her story is not your story.
But… the irrational one is there. She makes herself known (and I like to think that I’m not the only one with one of these living inside my head.)
I hate to admit it, but the irrational voice has been firing off like crazy lately. She’s asking, “That’s all she ate for lunch? She ran that many miles one day after running marathon? She keeps getting faster while I keep getting slower?” The list goes on and on. Let me be clear that this irrational inner voice isn’t attacking anyone in my feed- she’s attacking me. She’s wondering, what’s wrong with me.
Luckily the voice of reason knows just when to chime in.
So for today's thoughts, might I advise you NOT to listen to the crazy, irrational voice? Listen to the voice of reason (and not just in training, but in all areas of life.)
She knows what she’s talking about.
(But, seriously, how about she starts speaking up before the crazy, irrational one lets loose? oye!)
Dream Big. Work Hard.