"I don't believe makeup and the right hairstyle alone can make a woman beautiful. The most radiant woman in the room is the one full of life and experience."
Running group last night! They're really a great group. We ran a 4K and I felt really good, however, I was still back there amongst the final few. In a little over 6 months, I have made so much progress...but, I am slow. Oh I know that I will improve and that everyone has to start at the beginning, I know all that, I'm just stating a fact. But, I don't love being at the back of the pack. Suzanne was at the front of the pack and her group missed the turn around so they did an extra 500 meters. I didn't miss the turnaround, but the front group whizzed past me not too long into the second half. Except Suzanne, she slowed down by me and said, I'm going to run with you until the finish. I don't think she realized how touched I was that she would do that (feeling verklempt as I write this). I tell you, there are some sweet people in this group.
The problem is with me, I don't like being slow and I must swallow my pride when running with this group.
My prejudice is related to what the faster runners might be thinking.
I KNOW that my goal should be to get to the finish line in one piece. I KNOW that it doesn't matter how fast or slow I am, at least I'm doing it. I KNOW that I should only be competing with myself and not comparing myself to others. I KNOW and believe all that and more...
My problem, and I'm going to be honest here, is that it's almost like we, as in we slower runners, are not allowed to complain about our lack of speed. I know I'll improve, but can I just be a little annoyed that I can't beat you...hell I can't even follow you. Can I just say I'd like to finish my half marathon in under 2:30 hours without the 25 year old instructor telling me, "it's more important to finish with a smile the first time." Can I mention my pace without one of the fastest runners saying "don't worry about your pace, it'll come."
I KNOW it will come and I'm not worried, just annoyed! ...truth is, all these comments sound a little condescending to me...it's like being told not to worry my pretty little head about that...sigh. Okay, I'm done, but I just thought I'd get that off my chest.
I will repeat that I love my running group, I love pushing myself with them and I love having a friend choose to slow down and run with me and I know you all mean well...
Well look at that, someone received her Garmin (mine's a she) :)
Okay, I'm the techno dudette at home, but this little gadget requires some serious time investment...Can I say I'm not crazy about the very sensitive bezel! I'm getting there though and because today is a rest day for me, uber hubby will be trying it out first. I'll give you my opinion on Sunday.
Hard core yoga this morning was an excellent workout...now I'm off to the gym.
Have a great weekend!