Like anything in the world, many people including myself, are guilty of the comparison trap. Now that social media is everywhere, it has become much easier to compare.
The constant changes in weather and hurricane season caused me to think of justifying where or when you’re running.
My personal mentality for running is simple:
Run When and Where You’re Most Happy
If you like running in the morning, night, inside, or outside, do what makes you the happiest. As long as you’re happy, you’re a “real runner” but alas a post for another day.
The weather got me thinking out loud about justifying yourself. Before social media, we felt as though we had no one to report back too.
If we wanted to run on the treadmill…fine…if we wanted to run outside…fine.
There wasn’t a “which one is better” or “you aren’t a real runner if you run inside” type of mentality.
We didn’t go for a run and immediately upload it to whatever social media website preference. I am as guilty as anyone for doing this. I post my training logs weekly, I post photos on Instagram, and I love a good race recap.
With social media, it is much easier to fall into the comparison trap. You can compare running where, why, how, when, how much…the list is endless. Anything you want to compare, you can.
For instance, it’s easy to tell someone to get outside. It’s easy to say there is never an excuse to run inside. Critiquing someone else is easy…but you know what?
Who cares if you run inside or outside? At least you are getting out there doing your thing. Personally, I hate running outside in pouring, freezing rain. It’s miserable, I look a mess and honestly it’s just not fun. Sometimes I would instead zone out on the treadmill and catch on TV inside. Maybe I want to use the treadmill for pacing. Whatever the reason, I just want to run inside. I don’t ever plan to justify my decision of where I run…I just do what makes me happy.
Sometimes I would instead zone out on the treadmill and catch on TV inside. Maybe I want to use the treadmill for pacing. Whatever the reason, I just want to run inside. I don’t ever plan to justify my decision of where I run…I just do what makes me happy.
To those who think the only running is outside…that is false.
To those who think the only race out there is the marathon…also false.
To those who think there is no reason to ever run inside…
LOLZ, sorry running in the 35-degree rain is not fun. I spent the better part of 2015 and 2016 racing in those conditions, and it was not pleasant.
Running in hail is not fun.
Running in 120-degree weather is not fun.
Or what if you are short on time and want to catch up on your favorite TV show and fit a run in? I think that’s better than sitting on your couch catching up TV?
Some people are not comfortable running outside, and it’s essential (for others) to realize that people do what they are comfortable. Safety should always be a runners number 1 priority.
Finally, the majority of us are never going to be elite athletes, and we don’t need to have a rigid plan. Even elites athletes use all sorts of methods. Some elites love the treadmill, high mileage or low mileage. We do what makes us happy and what is best for our personal needs.
Life is too short to do something that makes you miserable. Running outside in the rain is miserable, and I feel no need to justify that to anyone.
I guess I’m thinking about the ways social media has affected our running. Before social media, we ran how we felt like it. If we felt like running outside, we did. If we felt like running inside, we did. If we felt like training for a 5k, we did…a marathon…we did.
Social media will always cause us to compare. It’s something tough to avoid in our modern day world. My point is that not to put others down because where and how they choose to run.
We are all one giant community of runners and human beings. We do what makes us happy and move on with it.
Questions for you:
Where is your favorite place to run?
What are you thinking about today?