Say it with me: “I will not call myself slow”
|July 7, 2013||Posted by Carrie under Running, Uncategorized|
I’m usually pretty good about not criticizing myself when I look in the mirror. I know that my body does some amazing things, I know that I do my best to take care of my body in a healthy and balanced way and I know that I don’t have to be perfect. I know that self-hate doesn’t get anyone anywhere. I know that self-love is the first step to being healthy. I need to love my body and everything that it can do. I’m not always perfect about this, and I do have my moments of self hate, but it’s a work in progress and I try to correct myself when I hear the negative comments.
So, why is it that I criticize my running speed? Isn’t it a little of the same thing?
I had a very inspiring talk one morning with Holly (from Leaps of Faith) while at Fitbloggin. In the middle of our post-trampoline workout chat over some bacon, I proceeded to call myself a slow runner. I think this is a touchy subject for Holly – and while I can’t remember the exact words, she basically explained to me that everytime I call myself slow, I’m basically saying that everyone else who may run slower than me is a horrible runner. She’s absolutely right. For every one of us, our slow speed is someone else’s fast speed.
Runners are great about encouraging each other. We say to everyone else that speeds don’t matter. We cheer on the winners of the races, we cheer on the crowd that finishes just under a time cut off. But, we criticize ourselves for being slow.
I run. I finish races. Sometimes I do better than I did in other races, sometimes I don’t.
I can go out and run a lot of miles at one time. I can enjoy the scenery, enjoy the strength of my heartbeats, the pounding of my feet.
Why does my speed matter? Is it not a little like the number on the scale?
Everyone has their healthy weight – everyone has their happy running speed.
If we shouldn’t criticize ourselves for our body weight – shouldn’t I not criticize myself for running slower than someone else?
So, I challenge you to take the pledge with me. Repeat after me: “I will not call myself slow.” We may need to say it over and over and over. I know I do.
Remember that when you call yourself slow, you really are telling everyone who may run slower than you that they are even slower. That’s not what running is about.
Pledge yourself to this goal by adding your name to my list below: