A subscriber pops the question:
I trained all summer and did speed work. I had a not so great marathon last weekend. A friend ran the same marathon. They didn’t train and they are a smoker. The friend beat me by 16 minutes. I’m salty as hell.
Hopefully, this will ease the sting…
Some people are naturally gifted runners. Period.
I once read a comment from some guy that boasted, “it’s BS that people can’t run a 10k in under 45 minutes. I’ve smoked my whole life, eat garbage all day, I’m in my 50s, and I just ran a 10k in 41 minutes without training”
Good for them ^^^
But what if they put in even a little bit of effort, they probably could have been an unbelievable runner? Right?
For us mortals…
It can hurt like hell when an effort isn’t rewarded with a finishing time you believe you deserve.
But make no mistake, the effort you put in did make a difference.
Aside from traversing 26.2 miles, a feat that puts you in the upper percentile of all humans beings on planet earth…
You dedicated yourself to a goal that sharpened your resolve, self-discipline, and belief in yourself. These attributes were enhanced during training. And these enhancements will no doubt benefit other aspects of your life.
That’s why judging performances (or anybody else’s) is a slippery slope. Because if race day doesn’t go as planned. All that positive cultivation can be forgotten.
It’s the day to day progress that counts.
Journey before destination.
That’s why I created the Runner’s High Newsletter. It’s a means to severe attachments towards workouts, data, and PRs. Delivered in old-fashioned paper an ink, this newsletter’s purpose is to help transmute this fixation into a healthy appreciation for placing one foot in front of the other.
If this resonates, I encourage you to check it out. To do so, go here: