A lovely bonus of running longer distances is the extra thinking time it forces upon me. Two thoughts have stuck with me:
1) Everyone is running their race.
Running loops of a park, I often lap people but also get overtaken by others. It’s reassuring to remind myself that comparison to others is pointless here because I don’t know:
- How far have they already run?
- How far do they intend to run?
- How long have they been training?
- What pace are they targeting? Are they even timing themselves? This could be on a recovery run, or they could be aiming for a PB.
In running and many other areas of life, it’s nice to remember that everyone is running their own race.
2) One simple job.
I have one job when running. Keep my watch showing a certain pace for a set distance. Too slow or too fast, and I get a warning. I need to keep it within the allowable range. That’s it.
There is something incredibly humbling and beautiful in accepting that my job is so simple.