A couple of you who actually read this have called me out on saying a 9 min pace is slow. Ok..you are right, it’s not and I don’t think so either. But, it is slower than I need to run to make my goal time, and slower than I ran a year ago, hence my choice of words.
I hate when people say things discrediting what is really a big accomplishment. In Austin we have so many ultra runners and triathletes, you actually hear people say “It’s only a marathon, that’s not a big deal.” I’ve probably actually said that at one point or another, but I really don’t want to come off as a jerk. Whenever I have someone ask me about getting into running as a newbie, I remind them that most people won’t even walk to get their mail, so doing a couple miles a day is huge. We all have our own inner ego we judge ourselves by, and maybe mine comes out too often. That is actually one reason I love yoga….I am such a novice, and just about everything is a new challenge. I have no expectations of myself other than try to get through the class and modify as needed for poses I just cannot do. It’s so different from running where I have expectations of myself.
At any rate I am just always happy I get out to run and get to do things like marathons. I just love the process, the buildup of a long effort, and the feeling of finishing. Regardless of how fast I can do it. I just have a little selfish goal that one day I want to cross the Boston finish line again and have my family there to expereince all the traditions and festivities with me!