Why We Put it Out There

One of my Fancy Oatmeal resolutions for 2012 was to be more diligent in my efforts to share my running experiences.  The past two days, Dear Hubby and I have been staying at our new favorite Anchorage hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn.  The rooms are spacious and clean, the TV is high-def, and the workout room is fully equipped with treadmills that allow me to watch ESPN highlights and reruns of my new boyfriend favorite show, “How I Met Your Mother.”  While on said treadmills, I have accomplished two, five-mile runs in under 37:00, as well as some killer lower body and ab routines.  When I got back to the room to sync my favorite Christmas gift from Dear Hubby:

I was taken to my 2011 summary from NikeRunning.com

I’m actually very pleased with these numbers.  And if I were the type who had to add an asterisks, I’d point out that I only started monitoring my runs in April, so…there’s like almost four months of running that I didn’t do track.

My goal for 2012 is to run 1,000 miles.  As of this morning, I have run a total of  33 miles.

Someone made a comment about posting runs on Facebook, and the basic point was that nobody cares how many miles I, or whomever, runs at a given time.  Well I suppose they have a point, maybe.  If you’re someone who posts the miles they run to impress someone else, or gain self esteem from others’ validation, then yea, it’s probably not the healthiest of intentions.  It’s not a productive habit to get into comparing yourself to others.

On the other hand, if you’re someone who shares your progress with others, through social media, blogging, or just the occasional, “Hey!  Guess what I just did!” because you want to share in the camaraderie  that comes with such a laborious pastime, then I say GO FOR IT!  Runners know that we have a special bond, and being able to support and encourage one another on those days when getting up at 4 am to run 18 miles (not that I have done this…the 18 mile part anyways) or pass on a night out of drinking because you have a race in the morning is something that nobody else can do or understand.  So if I choose to post my latest 8 mile run on Facebook, it’s not because I am trying to brag or prove something to someone else, but to encourage MYSELF to be able to do it again tomorrow!

Oh yea, sure there’s a little of this going on too…

10 thoughts on “Why We Put it Out There

  1. Haha, I love that e-card at the end! It’s so true for me.

    33 miles in less than one week? I’d say you are well on your way to 1,000. Plus, you’ve lapped me like 1372934 times this year.

  2. Nice job! I post my runs on Facebook all the time. I’m not doing it to impress I’m doing it because it motivates me and keeps me honest. I also get the occasional “nice pace” or “why only 4 miles today” all of that motivates me. I have also have many people send me messages saying those posts have inspired them to get up and move – I love that! I primarily follow runners on twitter and there is nothing more motivating than waking up, checking my feed and seeing all the running posts! We enjoy your blog – keep posting – keep running!

    • Thank you SO much for the encouragement! Why is it that we can get all sorts of “high fives” but that one negative comment digs under our skin and stays with us?? I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog – a huge DITTO by the way!

  3. I also have enjoy seeing people reach their goals and encouraging each other. My brother (a marathoner) is my main “coach” and we often discuss where we are with our goals and our workouts. My running goal for the last few years is 400 miles, by Thanksgiving (so I can take Christmas off). I often blog about my running goals, the ones I hit and the ones I miss – mainly to keep myself accountable. My husband is a “streak” runner, meaning he never misses a day. He is up to 3 years +. His minimum is 3 miles a day which puts his yearly total just over 1,000. He is excited because this year, he gets an extra run in! I just found your blog and enjoy it very much. Thanks

    • Thank you so much, Lynette! I”m glad you’re enjoying my blog. I been pondering a “streak” approach to running, but get myself all bumbled up when I think about those days that I can’t run due to schedule. I dislike that I discourage myself before I even begin.

  4. Love this post!
    I’m getting back into running. I now have a buddy. We have made a commitment. We WILL run. Every work day. I’m pumped. If only I remembered to pack my frickin’ iPod which I use to track my runs. I thought it was in THIS bag, not THAT one. UGH.

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