December 8, 2024
Half Marathon & 10K Races

Lessons from Running

Lessons from Running

I’ve been running for over 10 years. I’ve had many highs and many lows. When it comes to racing, there are two things that I’ve learned that have made me a better runner. First, I stopped comparing myself to other runners. I used to take a speed and form running class. During our workouts, I would often look at the speed of other runners during drills and if I wasn’t getting faster or if I allowed other runner to pass me, I’d get down. After about a year of this, I learned that it was detrimental to my development as a runner to always compare myself to other runners.

The second thing that I learned is that when it comes to racing, I will NOT always have a PR (personal record.) When I ran my first race, I exceeded my expectations.  It was a half-marathon in my home state of Connecticut. My mom and aunt were there as were some friends to cheer me on. I was elated with how I did. I thought to myself, I was going to do as well, if not better for every future race. My second race was the Reggae Marathon. As I stated in previous posts, my first half in Negril did not go as planned. I did not PR, but I did have a fun time. Or course I was disappointed, but I learned that not every race is going to be the same and run in the same conditions. If all variables were the same all them time, then I would expect to get better with each race. But weather, course elevations, and jet lag are all factors that can affect how a race goes. After a few races without a PR, I learned that I could take away lessons from each race and apply it to the next race. Ultimately, those lessons made me a better runner.

See you December!