If you’re like me, you probably like having high quality things, but being the best doesn’t always equate to being of quality. If I finish a race last, I am technically the best loser. When I started running, I thought it was a competition with the other runners. What I didn’t realize until my first race was over, the biggest competition was me vs me.
No, I’m not talking about everyone being the winner and honorable mentions, I mean that the purpose of running for me, was quite simply to make a better me. A person more focused on being healthy, fit, and strong. After running that first half, I gave up caring what my times were in relations to others, I am not Meb or Galen Rupp, I am a 2:03:11 half marathoner and a 5:08:22 marathoner. I will not run a time to qualify for the Olympic trials and honestly, I doubt I will actually qualify for Boston. BUT, that is where I push myself to compete against my previous times and my own mind.
Running is meant to be more than just exercise, it is a release. Remember that the entire objective is to be “The Best of YOUR best”.