Thursday, June 28, 2012

I Challenge You

I try to not be too serious on this blog, but it does happen every once in awhile.

We all know that I love goals, in fact I thrive on them.  The fact that we are a little bit behind on our new recipe a week goal is slightly killing me, but we will catch up!

I also try not to offend people on my blog, but it might happen every once in awhile.

It saddens me when I see so many people lose sight of their own goals and dreams because they are hung up on what others are doing and accomplishing.  Don't get me wrong, this happens to me occasionally but I realize that I just have to "run my own race".  Running your own race can literally mean just that, but it can also apply to any facet of your life.



Focusing on how fast someone else is, how much weight they have lost, how many races they have won, etc. doesn't get you anywhere.  It might provide some motivation for a little while but in the end it just drags you down.

Instead, I challenge you to focus on how fast YOU are, how much weight YOU have lost and how many races YOU have finished (or won).  

We are all individuals for a reason and we all should be proud of our own unique accomplishments, whatever they may be.  As time goes on we may need to adjust our goals but that doesn't mean that they are any less valid than the goals of others.

Source: google.com via Jamie on Pinterest


So again, I challenge you to "run your own race". 

31 comments:

  1. Excellent points - couldn't have said it better myself. The only true measure of where you stack up is to look back at where you've been!

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    1. Exactly! Everyone can look back and know that they have accomplished something.

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  2. During my first half marathon my husband repeated that mantra thousands of times to me. He ran "my race" with me although I know it was painstakingly slow for him to do! I had a crummy run this morning and this post was exactly what I needed to remind me that my race has hills and valleys and I need to ur through them all to get to the finish.

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    1. I'm glad that this post helped you, we all have ups and downs but those are what help us get through the journey.

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  3. Great post! Sometimes it's hard to be proud of our accomplishments when we see what others are doing. Own it and Love it!!

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  4. SO true! I tell myself this every time I go into a race. So many people pass me in the beginning starting out too fast, but I know they will burn out and I will pick them off one by one by the end:) I love how running lessons can be used in life as well:)

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    1. I definitely agree with the first photo in the post, running is a metaphor for life.

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  5. Awesome post - YES! I am a HUGE fan of finding out where YOU are and setting your goals to improve yourself. It doesn't matter so much what others are doing unless you're trying to win the race. :)

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    1. Exactly and most of us aren't out there to win, we are just out there to do our best!

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  6. Word! There is nothing quite as humbling as injury recovery. As a result, I try to just focus on me and my growth:)

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    1. I know what you mean, when I was injured it was really hard not to get down on myself but you will get there again!

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  7. well right now I haven't run since Sunday......and Logan is still not down for a nap and I have to leave for work in 2 hours............ I challenge you to run my race ;P lol

    j/k :)

    I just want to run. PERIOD> slow is fine by me.

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    1. Just running is completely fine, some people can't even run!

      If I were closer I would definitely come babysit Logan, I'm glad he did finally take a nap though.

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  8. Absolutely! I can only run my own race, and I'm slow and I don't care.

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    1. And you will just continue to improve!

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  9. Thank you for posting this! I think being injured helped me realize that running healthy, finishing and having fun are the most important things.

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    1. Definitely! Not that I would ever wish injuries on anyone, because they suck, but they definitely put into perspective why we do this: to be healthy and to have fun!

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  10. You are so right. I get caught up in this too much. I need to run my own race and focus on where I've been and how far I've come.

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    1. Believe me, like I said at the beginning of the post, I still sometimes do this too. I think letting go of it quickly is a step in the right direction and you have so much to be proud of!

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  11. I'm running my own race. I'm so proud of where I am. :) I am jealous of others awesomeness sometimes....but I know that I'll get there.

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    1. You will get there and I am proud of you too!

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  12. Once a racer figures this out (took me about 4 seasons to), races become so much better

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    1. Definitely, you can't expect to make it in the front of the pack if you are a slower runner and vice versa.

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  13. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. Thanks for the encouragement!

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