World Class Runner

Hey folks.  Triathlon training is whipping me. My 70.3 race is now less than 3 weeks away and I am nervous, stoked, scared, thrilled…all of it. I go to bed at like 9:30 these days. And that cuts into my post writing, seeing as how I mostly write in the evening. But I HAD to write this. It has been on my mind for more than a week now.

I get a handful of emails from people telling me how this blog is an inspiration or how someone is encouraged to step out of their comfort zone or how someone has made a decision to do whatever it takes to lose weight.  I recently got an email from Jay. I want to share part of it…

” Just 2 weeks ago, I officially lost 100 pounds.  2 days ago I ran a quarter marathon in 1:22:22…hardly world class but light years from the couch dweller I’d been.  I love your blog and the inspiration.  ”

Good stuff right? Jay, you rock.

But something started to eat at me a little about this email. Something about it touched a nerve. And I think that the reason it did was it sounded a lot like something I would write…have written.  Jay said that running a 10k in 1:22 was “hardly world class…”

I have a problem with self-deprecation. I never feel like what I am doing is good enough. Since I never feel like what I am doing is good enough, I talk down about myself.  I make jokes about myself. After having lost over 100 pounds I still joke about being the “fattest guy” in the room or about how I am going to look like a manatee in the pool or whatever.  I need to stop that.  Jay, you need to stop that too.

I ran a quarter marathon in 1:22:22…hardly world class…”

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Here are the facts. Most people in the world DO NOT run. Most people in the world would get winded LOOKING at someone run.  The thought of running 6 miles in ANY amount of time is enough to make most people want to just sit down. I am willing to bet that if you put Jay’s hour and 22 minute 10k time up against the world average, he would be in the top 1%.  Someone prove me wrong.

Jay, you not only RAN the 10k, you FINISHED it.  You ARE a world class runner in my book.

Don’t ever forget it.

 

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