Had a lot of time to think on my 10-mile run today. I don't have an iPhone with those apps that display the data from my runs, nor do I run with an iPod, or my phone, or with a photographer alongside me like so many @instarunners do. (How do those runners get all those photos of themselves running?) But I do run with the thoughts in my head. And today, I thought about how inadequate I feel as a runner. I never ran as fast as I wanted (2:06 half-mile, 4:45 mile, 16:31 5K, 35:31 10K), and I am a lot slower at my age now than I used to be. As I wrote in The Inner Runner, many of us have unresolved issues with our running lives; some of us even have demons. But I need to be okay with not being as fast as I want to be, because life is too short to be unhappy or unfulfilled. But fulfillment is a tough thing for me to attain. Unfortunately, talent plays an enormous role in running success, and I cringe every time I see someone post that anything is possible if you work hard enough. One doesn't need my PhD to understand that that is not true. Only with talent does hard work make things possible. And we cannot choose our parents. So with running being the near entirety of my life since 6th grade, my lack of talent often causes unresolved feelings of inadequacy. It's kind of silly and profound at the same time that something that has no existential meaning can cause such feelings.
Is there something that makes you feel inadequate?
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