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
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…