My running journey continues and is trying to bring me to yet another place.
Why am I so hung up on NOT taking walk breaks? I’ve been taking walk breaks the last few times I’ve run and it lets me go so much faster – sometimes even as fast as 8.3mph, which I simply cannot do if I’m forcing myself to run constantly.
Even knowing this, I remain hung up. I look around at all the other runners on Facebook and even in real life and wonder what I’m doing wrong that I can’t sustain a pace the way they can. Erik constantly reminds me that it takes years of conditioning to be able to do that, but I am skeptical. It doesn’t seem to take EVERYONE ELSE years of conditioning – they just hop into a 5k one day and run it in 25 minutes.
Ah, but isn’t that the lovely problem of social media? All we do is look around at what EVERYONE ELSE is doing, forgetting that only the best pieces of the puzzle are posted online for the world to see. It’s common knowledge, and yet it doesn’t stop the envy from bubbling up.
About a month ago I had to have a serious sit-down discussion with myself: “Jo, is it more important for you to go longer distances or have a faster time?” I decided to work on speed because that’s what makes me most self-conscious when comparing myself to other people. I quickly realized my speed wouldn’t improve without walk breaks. There is a lot of evidence to back this up, yet I only know one person in real life who takes advantage of this method.
I just want to be like everyone else!
My mantra for this weekend’s Phantom 5k is, “Go HAM.” I plan on pushing myself as hard as I can, no matter how many walk breaks that requires. I did this yesterday and it led to shaving roughly 3 minutes off my 5k time. 3 minutes! That’s a lot, and I walked a lot.
I suppose in the end it doesn’t matter how you cross the finish line, only that you cross it. Imma run til I can’t run no mo, and then Imma walk, and then Imma run AGIN. (Saying it with an attitude somehow makes it cooler.)
Instead of being the World’s Worst Runner, I’m going to become the World’s Best Walk-Runner.