Is it bad to compare yourself? Not to others, but to yourself?
I keep looking back at what I was running this time two years ago. I was faster. Maybe not by much. It feels like I was way faster. I was running mid 8 min/miles a lot of times. I look back at my Garmin stats and compare what I was running then to what I am running now and get a little depressed. Should I though?
I go back and forth on the matter. In December 2016 I ran two marathons. I ran a PR of 4:05 at the CIM, then a week later I ran a sub 5 hour marathon in Honolulu. Back in 2014 I had run the Honolulu Marathon in 4:28. That’s 30 mins faster than the Honolulu in 2016, but 23 minutes slower than the CIM.
To the left, February 2017, and to the right, February 2015. (Wow! I just realized it’s almost to the day exactly two years apart!)
But then, this is my comment from Instagram, way back from 2015! I’ve obviously had a great run:
So maybe I’m reading too much into it. Maybe the stars aligned, and I had the best run of my life for this workout in 2015, and maybe I just wasn’t feeling it a few days ago. (To be honest, it was hard to get out of the door).
I was definitely running more back during the end of 2014/start of 2015. Maybe that’s the difference – consistency. Then I wonder if I’m just running my easy miles at a truly easy pace. Back then I thought 9 – 9:30min/mile was my easy pace, but I don’t think it was. I think I was still puffed after those workouts. I think I even claimed a run under a 9 minute mile an easy run. But if my half marathon PR is just under a 9 minute mile, I don’t think an easy run should be that fast. Now I try to focus on running VERY easy, not worrying about my pace.
Maybe I’ve just gotten smarter(-ish) with my training. (I know I can up my game a whole lot).
Maybe I just need to keep running, not look back at the old times, and just focus on today. I’ll let my future times let me know how I’m going with my training.
Do you compare yourself with your training? Have you improved, or stayed the same?