Bleh I’m in a bit of a sour mood. Last night the top of my foot was feeling sore, but I didn’t think too much of it. I rested, took an ibuprofen and went to sleep. This morning, it still felt sore, and on my jog to the gym I could still feel it.
I want to do a race in two weeks, so I decided that rather than injure it completely, I would do something not as load baring. I changed my workout to the elliptical with some bike sprints. I was fine with this then and had a great workout.
However, tomorrow I have a feeling my foot will still be sore, which means my long run will be again simulated on the elliptical. I have done this before, but it’s not my favorite. I like running and two hour elliptical rides are not the most ideal way to spend a Saturday morning. I get a good workout, but it’s the running I love. I like thinking “I ran 16 miles” rather than “I did 2 hours on the elliptical”.
This brought me to the subject of “comparathons” or judging myself to my prior self or to others. I mostly am good at not comparing myself to other people. Sure it’s hard sometimes, but I generally know my body and know that we are all different. Comparing myself to myself is a different story.
I like to see myself improving.
Granted, where I am now I could not even fathom a few years ago. I never thought I would be able to run as much as I can. Coming from that perspective, who said one mile isn’t worth it? Everyone who is active is a complete badass!
Would I say that someone who lifts Crossfit is less than I because they do not run? NEVER!
Would I say that the woman who ellipticals everyday for an hour and does bodyweight stretches is less than I because she doesn’t run? NO WAY!
Why should I compare my zero mileage today to what I did last week or last year? The point is, I’m getting out and doing something. I’m improving my aerobic base (which is important for when I want to do longer distances). I’m doing the best I can on that day.
Today, I did not run. Tomorrow I’m probably not going to either. And that’s ok. I’m done with comparathons.
Are you a more compare yourself to yourself or to others person?
How do you handle setbacks in training?